Microsoft have updated and optimised Bing Maps with a set of new features and an improved look and feel.
Chris Pendleton, Bing Maps Technical Evangelist, confirmed the changes in a company blog post yesterday. "If you visited Bing Maps today you may have noticed a new look and feel. Well, that's because it has a new look and feel" noted Pendleton.
The full list of changes are listed below:
- Draggable Routes - Generate a router and drag the route to change directions
- Zoom Bar - Jump to specific zoom levels within predefined settings
- Command Parsing - Intelligent searching, for example want traffic info? Enter "Seattle Traffic" in the Bing Maps search box.
- Embed a Map - You can now embed Bing Maps on your website
- Dynamic Compute - Bing Maps is now running in data centers in 7 locations around the world meaning you will locate the closest server to you
- New Navigation - Button bar contains improved navigation features
- World Wrap - Bing maps no longer stops at the international date line
- Optimised Bing Maps - The default Bing Maps home page dropped from 678kb to 484kb
Thanks to nifke for the news tip