As more and more apps start showing up in the Windows Store ahead of the official launch of Windows 8, Microsoft is making some new preparations for those developers. The company has now made two different SDK packages that will allow Windows 8 app creators to put in Bing Maps support in their software products.
In terms of the C#, C++ and Visual Basic SDK for Bing Maps, Microsoft said:
Specific to this version; we added support for pushpins/polylines/polygons, landmarks, venue maps, traffic and Synth view map style. You can still use the Bing Maps REST services to add additional functionality such as search and driving directions. And with our own client renderer, the SDK takes advantage of the Windows 8 platform to provide an amazingly smooth and responsive map experience on x86, x64 or ARM platforms.
Source: Bing Maps blog | Image via Microsoft