Microsoft updates Bing Maps imagery to include more bird's eye views

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Microsoft has released another huge update for their Bing Maps imagery.  Every few months, Bing releases another major update for their Maps application, to include new countries, cities and variations of different angles and levels of zoom.

This month, Bing Maps will be adding 194,000 square kilometers of new and fresh imagery.  This month's focus includes new high resolution 20cm aerial for Wellington, New Zealand and 60cm satellite updates for Australia, Mexico, Nambia, Russian Federation and South Africa.

You can now see all of these countries and cities in Enhanced Bird's Eye view, or switch to another view, like satellite or aerial. 

Two months ago, Bing released a massive update, covering 19 different countries and cities, adding well over 1 million square kilometers.

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Good to hear. Bing Maps biggest issue is its international coverage. I wouldn't mind it at all, if Microsoft just stopped developing new flashy Bing Maps features, and instead focused on covering the world. Guess why I'm still on Google Maps - and I'm not even living in an obscure country.

Northgrove said,
Good to hear. Bing Maps biggest issue is its international coverage. I wouldn't mind it at all, if Microsoft just stopped developing new flashy Bing Maps features, and instead focused on covering the world. Guess why I'm still on Google Maps - and I'm not even living in an obscure country.

Looks like you never got around to trying the Silverlight Bing?

DaveGreen said,
The silverlight Bing Maps experience is far more interesting and complete than competitors'.

The only problem is the data though which is actually quite a big problem.

Remote Sojourner said,

The only problem is the data though which is actually quite a big problem.

Google has its data problems too, and there are times when Bing has been better for me. Now when it comes to directions, Bing is almost always better for me. I don't know if its since Google stopped outsourcing their map data, but they always give some long roundabout route when there are shorter alternatives.

dave164 said,
Awesome stuff

I love the new Bing Maps, being able to rotate around and view everything from above is awesome.


Yes, but the thing is that Google had been doing Maps for a long time and i still use them.

Sebianoti said,

Yes, but the thing is that Google had been doing Maps for a long time and i still use them.

I wouldnt be surprised if microsoft has been doing it longer, I am sure msn had a map feature for quite awhile. Besides, just becuasae google does something doesnt mean someone else doesnt do it much better, which microsoft does.

day2die said,

Google Map doesn't have bird's eye views.
Novelty aside, what's the point ? I'm not saying it's not interesting, but it sure as hell doesn't make it a better map service as it's not gonna help me find my way.. unless I'm in a Cessna maybe..

Ryoken said,
Novelty aside, what's the point ? I'm not saying it's not interesting, but it sure as hell doesn't make it a better map service as it's not gonna help me find my way.. unless I'm in a Cessna maybe..

To get a better look at the buildings? By that thinking, what's the point of street view? It's basically the same idea/thinking just from a bit higher up. Everyone likes looking out the window on an airplane imo.

day2die said,

Google Map doesn't have bird's eye views.

Actually, it does. It's a maps lab that you have to enable. Quality wise, Bing maps is much better (20cm imagery is awesome), but I find it easier to pan around Google's since they've perspective corrected the imagery and stitched it together.

MrA said,

Actually, it does. It's a maps lab that you have to enable. Quality wise, Bing maps is much better (20cm imagery is awesome), but I find it easier to pan around Google's since they've perspective corrected the imagery and stitched it together.

How exactly do you access it? I can see the lab for 'Aerial Imagery' but how do you see it?

Youngy said,

How exactly do you access it? I can see the lab for 'Aerial Imagery' but how do you see it?


It's only available in some areas like Mountain View (over the Googleplex) and San Diego. When you're in an area with the imagery, an "Aerial" map option will appear near "Map" and "Satellite".

Ryoken said,
Novelty aside, what's the point ? I'm not saying it's not interesting, but it sure as hell doesn't make it a better map service as it's not gonna help me find my way.. unless I'm in a Cessna maybe..

Birds Eye is awesome for at least 2 big reasons.

1) Real-estate - We are currently looking for a new house with land so we can use birds eye to get an idea of what the land is like without the crappy pictures that are provided by the real estate site. If we don't like the layout we keep looking if we do we put it on a list to go see in detail later.

2) I do a lot of things off-road from rock crawling in my jeep to backpacking and nature photography. I like to look at where I am going on the birds eye when it is available because sometimes just a bit off the trail is an old building. Or a cool waterfall to go look at. I would never have known it was there without birds eye.