Want to get started developing with Bing maps but don't know where to start? Here's a quick guide to everything you need.

1. Choose your Bing Maps API

The Bing Maps platform provides multiple API options for your application including an AJAX control, a Silverlight control, REST Services, SOAP Services, and Spatial Data Services. You can find descriptions of these APIs at Bing Maps. If you want to develop a mobile application, you can use the Bing Maps AJAX Control, Version 7.0, Bing Maps REST Services or the Bing Maps Silverlight Control for Windows Phone.

2. Get a Bing Maps Developer Account

You must have a Bing Maps Developer Account to get a Bing Maps key for your application. More information can be found at Getting a Bing Maps Key. Bing Maps keys are the recommended authentication method for the Bing Maps AJAX Control, the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, the Bing Maps SOAP Services, Bing Maps REST Services, and Bing Spatial Data Services.

3. Develop Your Bing Maps Application

Find resources for your chosen API here and start developing your Bing Maps application.

4. Access News and Resources

To keep up to date with the latest Bing Maps news, read the Bing Maps Developer Blog. For help from the Bing Maps community, use the Bing Maps Community Forums.

The best bit is that you can use the Bing Maps Platform for free, under the following conditions:

• Use is on public-facing, non-password protected websites

• Limit of 125,000 transactions in a 12 month period

Not only that but if you use the Bing Maps Platform you also get: 

• Full choice of Bing Maps APIs

• Aerial, road, and Streetside™

• Access to documentation and developer articles on MSDN

• Access to the developer forum for support questions

The Bing Maps Developer Resources site has additional recources. Good luck!