Bing Maps now using Nokia Maps for traffic and geocoding

In February, Microsoft announced that it would unify the design of its Bing Maps service with that of Nokia's Nokia Maps. Today, Nokia announced via its official blog that Bing Maps now uses two more services provided by Nokia Maps. One of those features adds more detailed traffic information to Bing Maps in 24 countries, including the US.

The Nokia blog states:

People in nearly all these countries will also be able to find out about incidents that might disrupt their journeys. Also, the traffic information in the US that was already available on Bing Maps now includes side streets.

In addition to the traffic information, Bing Maps now uses Nokia Maps geocoding. This should provide more accurate directions for Bing Maps users in a number of countries. The blog hints that Nokia Maps will add even more features to Bing Maps for Windows Phone devices in the near future.

In a previous Nokia blog post, the company went into more detail on its location and mapping efforts. Nokia calls it the "‘Where Platform" and says that it " ... offers compelling, market-leading functionality to app developers via a set of APIs to help them quickly and easily create their own app experiences with location-based functionality."

Source: Nokia blog | Image via Nokia

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Here in Hungary, Nokia Maps keeps working better in almost every sense. I just wish it was as fast and good integrated as "Maps" App

Albert said,
yet another sign microsoft is going in bed with nokia. two losers make one winner. yeah right.

You're the loser. Where's your multi-million dollar company?

Albert said,
yet another sign microsoft is going in bed with nokia. two losers make one winner. yeah right.

Albert - more like "where's your multi-billion dollar company?"

Just love people who cast stones in glass houses. MS must be losers to be the largest OS in the world, 2nd in Search, 1st in gaming consoles, etc. So I guess no big company fails at anything in your world except MS?

Yet another sign of MS going to bed with Nokia? Did you not read this about this a while back? Oh wait you don't read you just like making negative comments about companies because you are all knowing.

Wow this just made usign Bing maps in Canada a lot better. It finds all the businesses now and is much better at finding street names

That should really help make Bing's international maps better. I think that seemed to be a common theme for non-US users.

the 2 companies make really great partners.. I just wish nokia didnt announce that they were joining WP7 until they had a phone like the lumia 900 ready to go..

Lachlan said,
the 2 companies make really great partners.. I just wish nokia didnt announce that they were joining WP7 until they had a phone like the lumia 900 ready to go..

The 800 is a great device. I just went from the 800 to the 900 and both are awesome devices.

Frazell Thomas said,

The 800 is a great device. I just went from the 800 to the 900 and both are awesome devices.

LOL, so good you changed it!