imageYou can add maps to your application for customers to visualize geographic and location-based information by combining online maps with your data. Virtual Earth has a new name, Bing Maps. But there is no change in the enduring values of useful functionality, global coverage, performance, reliability, and a bit of “wow” factor for your Web sites and applications.

You have access to rich tool sets, user forums, and enterprise-level Microsoft support for building solutions to gain, and show, more precise views of their world. And the platform is supported by three flexible APIs that enable developers to design and build customized, immersive end-user experiences.

Here are the steps you take to get started using Bing Maps.

  1. To see quick visual examples of how to implement features into a Virtual Earth solution, explore the interactive SDK.
  2. With a developer account, you can develop and evaluate the latest Virtual Earth features, download the latest SDKs, and test new applications in a staging environment.
  3. When you’re ready to go live with your application, see our licensing options.

The Virtual Earth Developer Center on MSDN is updated regularly with information about developing on the Virtual Earth platform and guidance on using the Virtual Earth Map Control and the MapPoint Web Service in different application types. It also contains documentation for all the platform components. For more information, see Bing maps for developers.

You can see how others are using Bing Maps in the Bing Map team blog. You’ll also find code samples there, such as Virtual Earth Silverlight Map Control Sample Code.

For more information about the Virtual Earth platform, its features and functionality, and the services that support it, see Developer Datasheet.