Bing Os Maps Iphone +picture
Earlier this morning Microsoft categorical some of the above new changes advancing to Bing, including the addition of the new Bing Maps (you can see our abounding advantage here). A few account ago, the Bing Maps Beta went alive for everyone, bringing with it a cardinal of avant-garde new appearance abiding to accumulate the Google Maps aggregation on their toes. You can try out the new beta here. But there’s one catch: in adjustment to tap into the site’s new features, you’re activity to accept to accept Microsoft’s Silverlight installed.
There are a cardinal of new things to analysis out here. First, there’s Streetside, Bing’s acknowledgment to Google Artery View. The controls are about identical to Artery View, acceptance you to about airing bottomward the alley and pan about to attending at the barrio you’re passing. But Bing is accomplishing some avant-garde things here. In Google Maps, back you leave one breadth and airing bottomward the artery to another, the images becloud calm for a moment in a array of “light speed” effect. Bing is demography a altered approach: it’s absolutely architecture 3D models based on its images, so you can calmly airing bottomward the street, at atomic in theory. In my acquaintance this is still apathetic and appealing glitchy (I’ve apparent some odd polygon loading issues), but you can see that it’s activity to be actual air-conditioned already it’s added polished.
Unfortunately, you’ll acquisition that Streetside isn’t about as absolute as Google Maps — I aloof approved to booty use it in Palo Alto (where TechCrunch HQ is located) and the advantage wasn’t available. Here’s a map assuming how abundant of the Bay Breadth is covered by Streetside:
Bing Maps is additionally demography advantage of Microsoft’s actual air-conditioned Photosynth technology, which we’ve covered abundantly over the aftermost few years. The technology can booty assorted photos and stitch them calm to actualize a 3D ambiance that you can “walk through” by beat on anniversary new photo. It’s a little bit like Artery View, but these Synths are usually congenital about a battleground (like the Statue of Liberty) or alike a museum. And let you see the accountable from abounding altered angles. Synths are represented on Bing Maps as blooming pins — click one, and you’ll get befuddled into the synth.
As you browse a map, you additionally accept the advantage of blockage out “What’s Nearby”, which plots hotels, restaurants, and added credibility of absorption on the map. Again, Bing is accomplishing some chic things here. You’ll apprehension that if assorted POIs arise in the aforementioned place, Bing will intelligently amalgamate them into a distinct figure with a ( ) on it. Beat that will again account a abounding account of those locations to appear, anniversary of which is accessible to bang on.
You can added adapt your Maps acquaintance by hitting the baby arrow in the basal larboard of the site’s UI. This will barrage the “Map Apps” directory, which lets you bury alike added agreeable on top of your map. For example, in the attempt beneath I’ve enabled both the Twitter map and “Today’s Advanced Pages”. Geo-tagged tweets appearance up as dejected pins, while beat on a amethyst pin will appearance the advanced folio of the bounded cardboard (you can see the San Jose Mercury account in the larboard sidebar). This acutely has a lot of potential, and Microsoft says it’s actual accessible to acceptance added third parties to amalgam their own Map Apps.