Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1 adds 15 new 3D cities

In December, Microsoft released the first public preview of its revamped Bing Maps, offering Windows 8.1 users a way to view over 70 cities around the world in full 3D using the company's own advanced cameras combined with new software techniques. This week, the Bing Maps Preview got its first update since its public launch, which offers users a way to view 15 more cities in 3D.

The Bing Maps blog shows the list of new cities that have been added to the preview app. It includes two rather large metro areas this time; Seattle and, as shown in the screenshot above, San Francisco. The rest of the cities follow the formula of offering full 3D visuals of smaller cities, such as two in Germany (Duisburg and Dresden) and two more in Spain (Marbella and Murcia).

The rest of the new locations are in the U.S.: Montgomery, Alabama; Bakersfield and Sacramento, California; Gainesville and Tallahassee, Florida; Columbus, Georgia; Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana; and Gulfport, Mississippi. Remember, the Bing Maps Preview app can only be accessed by Windows 8.1 users.

A few weeks ago, Microsoft offered up some clues as to their future plans for Bing Maps, which will include adding information from their Snapshot database inside the maps themselves.

Source: Bing Maps blog | Image via Microsoft

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I've played with the Bing Map API a bit and its quite scriptable already. Won't be long until simple SimCity like games will become possible
It would already technically be possible but even high end machines will lack the power to handle that properly due to work arounds and heavy scripting.

Enron said,
They just need to finish this so I can uninstall Sim City for Bing City.

my dream is to one day, play GTA Melbourne!! With this mapping technology, do u think it will ever happen????

Enron said,
What if Microsoft's servers did some of the work? Isn't that what Xbox One was supposed to do?

Yeah that would be nice, or they make the scripting more efficient. Currently if I play with it and let the map load to much entities, it will slow down to a crawl. And having 4 cores at 4ghz isnt sufficient for it to handle.
But you can place objects all over the world, making a simcity2000-like grid to place objects is doable.

But just having a couple dozen entities on the map makes it slow. Hopefully they can solve this more and more.

So, this limited to select markets still? I can't see it in the store and any direct link takes me to the store home page but no app.

Not sure about apps, but just head over to the Bing Maps website. The cities listed above (and those added last time) show the 3D maps when you select Bird Eye View