Bing launches next-generation spatial search
We're excited to announce the release of Bing™ Spatial Data Services, the next-generation spatial search service that offers the benefits of cloud hosting and distributed computing across mobile or the web. This update targets MWS and Multimap customers using hosted data functionality as well as those tracking many locations or providing complex features and filtering, such as location-based queries ("what coffee shops are near me?"). Check out the documentation details and sign up for our introductory webcast on March 1.

AJAX Map DataConnector site goes live
Focused on connecting the power of Bing Maps and Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 (and also SQL Azure™), AJAX Map DataConnector provides a host of technology and integration components, including full access to code and sample data. This makes it very simple for customers and partners to integrate Bing Maps and SQL Spatial-and it's free to use. Visit the site today.

Learn What's New with Bing Maps; join our webcast on March 1
Get the inside scoop on all the latest Bing Maps happenings during our upcoming What's New with Bing Maps webcast on March 1, 2011, at 8:00 A.M. PT (UTC-8). Microsoft MVPs will showcase their tips for developing on the Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0 and evaluating and improving performance of your Bing-powered apps. Panelists also will unveil new tools for working with SQL Server databases, and much more.
Microsoft MVP panelists include:

Ricky Brundritt, the 2010 King of Bing Maps, location services specialist at Infusion, and CEO of InKnowledge, Ltd.
Brian Norman, technical director of and cofounder of the Bing Maps UK user group.
Steve Milroy, president of OnTerra Systems.
We've got a full agenda of exciting updates, so register now!


Bing content goes on the road
Automotive telematics provider ATX is teaming with Hyundai to connect drivers with off-board, voice-activated services that deliver real-time, relevant content provided through Bing Maps. The Blue Link connected vehicle program, which debuted at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), features a car browser system and web platform, a Motion Sensor Moustick (which recognizes the driver's hand movements through sensors to control the car's audio and navigation system), and other state-of-the-art technologies. Drivers also get voice-activated access to Bing Maps, as well as information on everything from points of interest and addresses to restaurant ratings, gas prices, weather, and more-all provided through Bing. Blue Link will be available in select Hyundai vehicles in the United States starting in 2011.

Bing selected for launch of Toyota technology
Another in-vehicle navigation, entertainment, and information experience featuring Bing technology will also be making its way into vehicles this year. Toyota Entune-featuring the Bing for Mobile app, which gives drivers access to information on more than 16 million points of interest-will make Bing information available via the in-car dashboard or, when paired with a Bluetooth-capable phone, simply by speaking instructions aloud. Drivers using Entune to search for nearby retailers will get organized results culled from the Bing decision engine, which can be sent seamlessly to the vehicle's navigation system.

Music fans "decode" Jay-Z through an online experience powered by Bing Maps
In the run-up to the release of rap-artist Jay-Z's memoir, Decoded, Bing partnered with technology developer Vertigo to create a location-based, online scavenger hunt. Using the Bing Maps Platform, the "Decode Jay-Z with Bing" interactive campaign site allowed users to find locations via an aerial map-or take a dimensional view using Bing Streetside™-in an effort to locate online pages of Decoded.

To bring the creative vision to life, Vertigo's development team customized the Bing Maps API by adding custom controls, placing contest-specific UI elements on top of the Bing Maps view, and applying a pixel shader to MapMode objects to achieve a desaturated color effect that matched the campaign's visual style. Check out the details and sample code.


OnTerra Systems releases web mapping service based on Bing Maps
MapSavvy WMS-an affordable web mapping service just released in January by long-time Microsoft partner OnTerra Systems-provides an inexpensive way to access Bing Maps images for practical business, research, or government use. It is an ideal solution for obtaining detailed maps or high-resolution, aerial-view imagery for architecture and engineering proposals, homeland security, or utility, transportation, and pipeline planning. MapSavvy WMS works with popular web mapping service clients like AutoCAD, MapInfo, MicroStation, QGIS, GlobalMapper, and Gaia.

The MapSavvy WMS application empowers users to capture a Bing Maps web map image and integrate it into a document. And the cost per user per month is minimal if the user already has a Bing Maps license.

Global energy companies can now tap into Bing Maps through Spatial on Demand
Spatial Energy, provider of digital imagery and imagery-related services for the energy industry, employs Bing Maps through integration with Spatial on Demand, its vast online archive of geospatial satellite and aerial photos, topographic maps, and digital elevation models.

Spatial on Demand subscribers have access to an unprecedented foundation land base of ready-to-use, cartographically rendered and cached 2-D and 3-D map services. They benefit from the fixed-cost delivery of Bing Maps through ArcGis Desktop and ArcGis Server, and can also use Bing Maps as a web mapping service that supports common industry applications.

Spatial on Demand is available through Bing Maps and includes worldwide orthographic aerial and satellite imagery, imagery overlaid with roads and labels, global Bird's eye (oblique) imagery, and street-level data for 67 countries/regions.