Bing Maps increases venue support to more countries

In October, Microsoft announced that its Bing Maps service would start to show more details inside large public venues such as airports and shopping centers. Today, Microsoft has expanded that effort to include showing the inside of large venues in a number of cities and countries around the world.

As reported by The Verge, Bing Maps now has venue support for over 2,700 locations in over 30 countries in North America, Europe and Asia; you can check out a full directory of all the venues on the Bing Maps website.

In February. Microsoft announced that it would merge its Bing Maps design with that of Nokia's mapping service. That partnership has resulted in Bing Maps' expansion of its venue support to other countries, according to the story. A recent rumor claims that Bing Maps would be replaced completely with Nokia Maps, with a new 3D interface, in Windows Phone 8 devices when they launch later this year.

Bing Maps has been in competition with Google Maps since it launched. In June, Apple announced it would have its own mapping service for iOS devices when iOS 6 is released later this fall. Some of the data for Apple's map service seems to have come from Microsoft.

Source: The Verge | Image via Microsoft

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fenderMarky said,
Most useless thing ever...

and why is that? If for example I look up where my hotel is on bing maps in a country in Europe and it happens to be beside a mall I am able to view the stores within that mall without having to search for that mall's directory. I isn't useless but an added feature.

Just because you won't use it doesn't make it useless. Your comment is probably the most useless thing ever...

CrisCr0ss said,

and why is that? If for example I look up where my hotel is on bing maps in a country in Europe and it happens to be beside a mall I am able to view the stores within that mall without having to search for that mall's directory. I isn't useless but an added feature.

Just because you won't use it doesn't make it useless. Your comment is probably the most useless thing ever...

If you're in Europe, you wouldn't use Bing...

fenderMarky said,
Most useless thing ever...

Ha, you have obviously not really used it then... It is amazingly useful at malls with maps, directory, phone numbers, and even hours sometimes. You can keep checking the directory boards if you want, or use the malls crappy website, but I'll take it 2 taps away on my phone any day. I've only used it once at an airport and showed me exactly where I could find my favorite airport breakfast food.

fenderMarky said,
Most useless thing ever...

Did you say the same thing when Google added a similar feature into Google Maps?

rfirth said,

Why? Because it's Microsoft?

No... because Bing beta it's a shame. Not all the world is America and we have 10% of american services. I bought an omnia 7 and, for example, i don't have local scout. Why they're wasting time with this?

Zanfall said,

Did you say the same thing when Google added a similar feature into Google Maps?

Yes i did... and google, again, copied that from Bing. But google, at least, give to me same services of american market.

fenderMarky said,

No... because Bing beta it's a shame. Not all the world is America and we have 10% of american services. I bought an omnia 7 and, for example, i don't have local scout. Why they're wasting time with this?

Move to America

Back to back Bing updates, wonder if this means we can expect quicker more frequent updates after this? Seems with WP8 and Win8 coming soon they're timing these updates to that so I figure we'll see a steady stream going up till WP8/Win8 RTM.