Microsoft adds nearly 270 terabytes of Bird's Eye images to Bing Maps

It's been a while since we have had a major update from the Bing Maps team. In February, the company announced it was adding a large amount of new satellite images to the mapping service. This week, Microsoft announced more new images have been added, along with new features.

In a post on the Bing blog, Microsoft stated it has now added the largest amount of new Bird’s Eye images, "nearly 270 terabytes of data" to Bing Maps. Bird's eye images are taken overhead at a 45 degree angle, which is supposed to make the photos look more three dimensional. Microsoft says it now has "1,452,958 sq km, or half a petabyte of data" for its Bird's Eye photos around the world.

In addition to the new images, they have added more indoor venue maps, including the massive Mall of America in St. Paul, Minnesota. There are now over 4,700 venue maps in more than 59 countries to choose from.

Finally, a new "Report a problem" feature has been added that will give anyone a way to report inaccuracies. Microsoft says, "If you see an outlined feature that is not correct, please tell us about it. All you have to do is click on the point of interest in question and click 'Report a problem.'"

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Cool update. My area (and my house) is really high quality. Good angel too. It really does look more 3 dimensional with the 45 degree angle.

I'm sorry but 90 percent of these maps relating to America. Because you are in the rest of the world so bad, unlike Google which equally treats the whole world.

If you think that other places in the world are being treated unfairly, you have two choices:

1) Fine Microsoft. EU likes to fine Microsoft for every inane thing, even if their competitors do the same thing with a larger market share. So Microsoft should be punished for not being fair to everyone, right?

2) Tell the rest of the world to get off their collective a** and actually do something rather than demand the US, the citizens, and companies caters to their every whim, and then complain about meddling when they actually do something. If you want something done, do something about it yourself rather than demand everyone do it for you.

aristofeles said,
3) keep using google, because you know bing is broken outside the US anyway.

Why would you want to do that when you know they are giving your information to the NSA? I have no proof of such, but the claim is that Microsoft is doing it, and if they are doing it then Google must be doing it since Google is in bed with the US govt, but also because they love to collect your information without your consent anyway, so why not give it to the NSA?

StephenBratz said,
If you think that other places in the world are being treated unfairly, you have two choices:

1) Fine Microsoft. EU likes to fine Microsoft for every inane thing, even if their competitors do the same thing with a larger market share. So Microsoft should be punished for not being fair to everyone, right?

2) Tell the rest of the world to get off their collective a** and actually do something rather than demand the US, the citizens, and companies caters to their every whim, and then complain about meddling when they actually do something. If you want something done, do something about it yourself rather than demand everyone do it for you.

Lol Classic, your funny.

We let America think they control/police the world... they could at least give us better maps in return /s

I use bing maps when I can, I really do like the birds eye view.. but I still find myself falling back to google afterwards for the streetview. If Microsoft did streetside view in the UK (not just main roads of London), I wouldn't be using google maps at all.

The exact opposite is true in my area.... the bing maps are over 2 years out of date now (central texas). really surprised they have not updated the maps here.

Same here, not that it's a huge problem. The GPS still works fine. I've lived here almost a year and my apartment (which has been up for even longer) is missing from maps.

Bing maps has more recent/higher resolution satellite photos that Google does for my area...

Even though I mainly use GMaps, I'm glad they have competition and they keep updating.