Bing Maps adds 165 terabytes of new images

You may think that you have a lot of images on your smartphone but that's nothing compared to what Microsoft has been collecting for its Bing Maps service. In a new blog post, Microsoft said it has now added a massive 165 terabytes of new satellite and Global Ortho images to the Bing Maps database.

Microsoft claims that the images cover 38 million square kilometers on six continents (North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia; sorry, Antarctica).

The blog post adds:

As of today the Global Ortho project is 85% acquired and published. Just this month, Bing Imagery Technologies hit a significant milestone by completing 100% of aerial photography over the United States. The photography in Europe is slated to be finished by this fall and all updated imagery should be published by the end of 2012.

You can check out the Bing Maps World Tour App right now to see all of the new and updated images. It includes the aerial photography that covers what Microsoft calls 160 "areas of interest" spread out over 1.03 million square kilometers for the latest update. It adds, "To date, Bing Maps has a total of 1,266 AOIs that stretch across 9.54 million square kilometers!"

Source: Bing Maps blog | Image via Microsoft

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The quality need to improve.
It look not clear enough. especially compared to new google maps.
and we cannot see detail of the house. it look blurred.

I don't know what the issue is but Bing Maps is unbelievably slow. Google Maps loads within seconds, yet Bing Maps takes several minutes just to display a map that's a fraction of the quality (it's still loading now over 5mins later). I'm on a 40Mbit connection, so it's nothing to do with download speed.

I don't know what it's like in the US but in the UK Bing is absolutely unusable for maps, and the search results are noticeably worse than Google as well.

Gaara sama said,
who care Google all the way !!

Cause these are consistent higher quality images than what Google provides from their satellite licensed crap?

thenetavenger said,

Cause these are consistent higher quality images than what Google provides from their satellite licensed crap?
apple fan boy? Apple is nothing now google is always the best for search and phone as well. apple crap.

Why is it a Google Vs Bing thing with you guys? It's just a cool bit about a lot of info being added. It's a GOOD thing aka progress aka no reason to get snippy. Let's all do a happy dance and hug it out.

Live Maps is still outdated and crappy because clouds cover over my area, yet I can see my area heck perhaps myself in my backyard hanging my clothes up, on google earth. Perhaps updated 2010 judging by the street which was a dirt road but now sealed with bituemn.

Bing Maps outside USA is totally atrociously bad - it's so bad that it's simply not even worth using.

And Google maps is outdated by at least a few years.

Wow, talk about missing UK and most of Europe.

Although, therei s that EU law that images cannot be older than 6 months old, so need updating twice a year, probably why they didn't bother tbh

Wow, talk about missing UK and most of Europe.

Although, therei s that EU law that images cannot be older than 6 months old, so need updating twice a year, probably why they didn't bother tbh

Dan~ said,
Wow, talk about missing UK and most of Europe.

Although, therei s that EU law that images cannot be older than 6 months old, so need updating twice a year, probably why they didn't bother tbh


I can definitely see the UK and my home city (Germany) on Bing Maps...

What's that EU law? Never heard of it...

The picture of the main station of my city is at least 1.5 years old lol...
And I tell you, this is a 200k city, not some small village.

GS:mac

Dan~ said,
Wow, talk about missing UK and most of Europe.

Although, therei s that EU law that images cannot be older than 6 months old, so need updating twice a year, probably why they didn't bother tbh

they said Europe should be updated by the fall, as they are doing imagery right now

ngc891 said,
As much as I love MS products, Bing maps is still playing catchup with Google.

except off course google likes side-street which is far more useful than streetview bubble navigation for cities.

ngc891 said,
As much as I love MS products, Bing maps is still playing catchup with Google.

The last 2-3 years, you are correct. As Bing maps was created, they dumped a lot of technology and updates knowing that the new imaging was coming and that they were teaming up with Nokia's mapping technologies.

This halted Bing maps and closed down the API sets, did away with MS Virtual Earth and all the streetside views that are simply not online currently.

As they get the imaging updated and integrated more with Nokia and get the API sets back up, as talked about even in the WP8 Summit, Bing will once again be an updated system like it was in the past.

Remember that Microsoft was the first to offer satellite mapping/imaging online, as a project to showcase MSSQL and NT with TBs of data at a time when GBs were big.

They also had navigation and mapping software in the 1990s and up until the Bing switch and the merging with Nokia, they were the leader in mapping.

I agree that the past couple years have been sad, but Microsoft with navigation and image mapping technology that they invented, they are not going to let Google be the 'leader' for much longer.

(Kind of sad too, as Google just bought up a few companies and slapped their name on crap to compete with Microsoft at the time, and now most people think Google did this first, when they haven't even done it outside of writing a check.)

very nice, much better for where i live but looks to be about 2months older compared to google maps but its better than a few years like it was before

dafin0 said,
very nice, much better for where i live but looks to be about 2months older compared to google maps but its better than a few years like it was before

how could you possily know 2 months lol. what are you reading somebody's newspaper?

neonspark said,

how could you possily know 2 months lol. what are you reading somebody's newspaper?

Natures a wonderful thing you know...

dafin0 said,
very nice, much better for where i live but looks to be about 2months older compared to google maps but its better than a few years like it was before

They will be a month or two old, as they are taken from Aircraft and assembled to be consistent to season, time of day and free of weather.

They are not generic satellite sweep images that are flawed with color differences based on the satellite and detail level changes as Google is currently providing.

Google recently announced they will also be following Microsoft consistent image project and doing their own imaging as well, abandoning the satellite images. So Google will also be losing the up to date images in favor of better image quality and consistency.

PS Bing has only had a few imaging updates in the past couple of years as this project was planned, they held off on updating Bing maps to wait for the newer consistent images. This massive scale project has taken some investment and time and coordination to get initially on track. These images are also one thing Navteg/Nokia wanted from Microsoft for their software.

If I look at my own house, half of the land is green and half of the area is filled with snow.

Consistent image my ass.

neonspark said,

how could you possily know 2 months lol. what are you reading somebody's newspaper?


new shops were getting made near my house. just a guess by looking at how much construction had been done.

Still outdated information. The housing community I live in is still not there on Bing. Not even the houses that have been there for a year and half - 2 years. I had my house built in Nov 2011 and it is in Google maps already.

Enron said,
Google's map images for my area are from 2008. It's a big world and it takes a long time to update this stuff.

Where I live the maps are 10-12 years out of date if not more. Google in the mean time have updated my area on at least 3 occasions. Just saying.

Dorza said,

Where I live the maps are 10-12 years out of date if not more. Google in the mean time have updated my area on at least 3 occasions. Just saying.


Bing maps for my area were updated last fall, previous update was 2010. So, you know, it's different everywhere.

PsyOpWarlord said,
Still outdated information. The housing community I live in is still not there on Bing. Not even the houses that have been there for a year and half - 2 years. I had my house built in Nov 2011 and it is in Google maps already.

google maps doesn't even have my house! bing has it, and it has my car parked in front! goes to show, just because it has google on it, don't mean it is current.

PsyOpWarlord said,
Still outdated information. The housing community I live in is still not there on Bing. Not even the houses that have been there for a year and half - 2 years. I had my house built in Nov 2011 and it is in Google maps already.

You might want to check a few things...

1) Use Aerial View, NOT Birds Eye. The Aerial view is what has been updated.
2) Refresh your view.

We check a random 50 rural locations around the US that our team knew was not in the older Bing data, and every site we checked was from the Ortho project, which are images from the last year.

Microsoft literally flew their own jets with camera over the entire western land masses and have been working to get the rest of the world as well.

The project was to GET RID of the inconsistent satellite based imagery, with same time of day, season, and the absence of clouds/weather.

This was a complex project and with this image update should have virtually all the North/South American and Western European counties updated.

If your place is not updated, it will be or the image sweep of your area might have happened at the begining of the project which might be a year or so outdated.

The project, as the imaging goes online will continue to be 'updated' by Microsoft using their own imaging, but the initial creation and rollout has to be completed first.

This is why Bing hasn't had any image updates in a couple of years, as they knew this was coming.

(Take note of the image consistency and the color and season, and then compare it to Google maps that are still using the satellite based images that are not color or light or seasonal or weather consistent.)