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VirtualEarth MSDN Blog
11-10-2009, 02:43 AM
<p>I mentioned in my &ldquo;Bing Maps Silverlight Control 1.0 Released&rdquo; blog post that we altered the Bing Maps <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">terms of use</span></a> and it would require a post all on its own. Well, here&rsquo;s why. We&rsquo;ve made a bunch of changes which makes things easier to understand, easier to use and easier to get started. </p>
<p>The way the mapping industry grew up, depended on counting transactions. A transaction is either (a) a geocoding request/response, a routing request response, a search request response or 8 map tiles (256 x 256 pixels). Transactions still have their place for stateless APIs, but we&rsquo;re moving on by introducing the concept of a session. Sessions will be used with the Bing Maps AJAX Map Control and the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. A session is basically defined as loading the map control and exploring at will &ndash; no tile limitations. I&rsquo;m going to make it as clear and simple as I can, so here goes:</p>
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<li>Bing Maps AJAX Control &ndash; all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 <em>session</em>. Session includes any requests for geocoding, routing or search. </li>
<li>Bing Maps Silverlight Control - all maps rendered onto the client upon the initial request is considered 1 <em>session</em>. There are no services built into the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, so you would use the Bing Maps Web Service for geocoding, routing and search, but we&rsquo;ll include those too.&nbsp; </li>
<li>Bing Maps Web Service &ndash; all maps, geocodes, routes and searches will each invoke 1 <em>transaction</em>. </li>
</ul>
<p>Alright, now that we&rsquo;ve got the nomenclature down here&rsquo;s the deal. With the new terms of use for the Bing Maps Platform you get 125,000 sessions per year for FREE. You also get 500.000 transactions a year for FREE. You know what my favorite kind of maps are? Free maps. There are some exclusions (such as traffic and Bird&rsquo;s Eye), so review the full <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">Terms of Use</span></a> in case you have questions. Additionally, we set up a nice <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/licensing"><span style="color: #669966;">Marketing page</span></a> just for licensing so you can see where you fit. </p>
<p><strong>Educators </strong>- You now how free unlimited use of the Bing Maps platform for your web sites. Ripping from the actual terms of use, <em>educational use under this Section 2(i) means use by public and private K-12 schools, universities, community colleges and other collegiate level institutions such as vocational schools, trade schools and career colleges, including their faculty, staff, and students. </em>For a list of requirements and restrictions refer to the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">Terms of Use</span></a>.</p>
<p><strong>Not-for-Profits</strong> - You now how free unlimited use of the Bing Maps platform for your web sites. Ripping from the actual <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">terms of use</span></a>, <em>to be considered non-profit organization use under this Section 2(i) you must be a tax exempt organization. </em>For a list of requirements and restrictions refer to the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">Terms of Use</span></a>.</p>
<p><strong>Commercial, non-commercial and government </strong>&ndash; If you&rsquo;re building internal or fleet apps or something big, you&rsquo;ll need a license. We want commercial, non-commercial and government customers to build, experiment and innovate atop the Bing Maps platform without worrying about a license until your application is ready to be deployed across your enterprise or onto the web. So, build proof of concepts at will and work with us when you&rsquo;re ready to go primetime. For more information check out the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/terms.html"><span style="color: #669966;">terms of use</span></a> or go to Jerry Skaw&rsquo;s Bing Maps for Government blog.</p>
<p>If you still have questions or don&rsquo;t see where you fit into a category, visit our <a target="_blank" href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/licensing"><span style="color: #669966;">new licensing page</span></a>. </p>
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