Bing Maps gets a big geographical update

Today Microsoft released a major geographical update for Bing Maps, adding in well over 1 million square kilometers for 19 different countries around the world.  The update adds bird’s eye-view, enhanced bird’s eye-view, and even aerial to select countries.

The Bing team mentioned that they will be updating blurry imagery in either this update or the next update, but wanted to reassure eager fans that they are aware of the issue.  Bing will be updating all of the shortfall imagery with up-to-date images, including new ones of countries, including Haiti.

Bing has updated the bird’s eye-view for:

BingMaps_Bird

  • Italy - 5,547 sq. km.
  • Netherlands - 554 sq. km.
  • Romania - 1,414 sq. km.
  • Spain - 512 sq. km.
  • Sweden - 1,174 sq. km.
  • United States - 120,181 sq. km.

Aerial:

BingMaps_Aerial

  • Australia - 54,488 sq. km.
  • Botswana - 46,179 sq. km.
  • Canada - 391 sq. km.
  • Lesotho - 6,201 sq. km.
  • Mexico - 584,527 sq. km.
  • Morocco - 109,448 sq. km.
  • Namibia - 47,199 sq. km.
  • New Zealand - 57,540 sq. km.
  • Portugal - The Whole Country!
  • South Africa - 221,336  sq. km.

and enhanced bird’s eye:

BingMaps_EhdBird

  • Haiti
  • Mexico
  • Vancouver
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I'm surprised Microsoft/Bing team stated the area updates in sq. km and without Imperial equivalents! And its good to see Neowin doing the same. Hope this trend continues!

BING! as a search service is useless to me, and 93% of the world, as all it's "cool" stuff is limited to functioning in USA. Call when you've sorted that out MS. I like what you're doing with BING!, but you're not doing it for Me.

timljohns said,
BING! as a search service is useless to me, and 93% of the world, as all it's "cool" stuff is limited to functioning in USA. Call when you've sorted that out MS. I like what you're doing with BING!, but you're not doing it for Me.

I dunno, but it looks like a lot of their content is specific to areas outside the USA... In fact this very article lists a number of places OUTSIDE the USA in which maps have recently been updated...

2xSilverKnight said,
Only 391 sq. km. for Canada ? That's ridiculous considering it's the second biggest country in the world.

I feel your pain, but how many more square footage of nothing can you take pictures of? :P They covered the majority of the population.

Andrew Lyle said,

I feel your pain, but how many more square footage of nothing can you take pictures of? :P They covered the majority of the population.

Yep pretty much everything outside inhabited areas is boring :P

2xSilverKnight said,
Only 391 sq. km. for Canada ? That's ridiculous considering it's the second biggest country in the world.

Calgary's ariel view is still several years old...

Andrew Lyle said,

I feel your pain, but how many more square footage of nothing can you take pictures of? :P They covered the majority of the population.

You sound like an AT&T salesman :p

CarlJ said,
Seriously where is the love for the United Kingdom? My area still has pictures several years old.

lucky you! in my area they are 10 years old

.woot! said,
Yes!!!! Romania!!!!!!

I love you Microsoft.


hahaha..seems the egg thrown at Ballmer has been forgotten and forgiven

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