June 4, 2011
Bing Maps lags Google Maps in market share. However, Microsoft has worked hard to catch up.
Quentin Hardy of Forbes Magazine recently featured some very clever and original work by Bing in his article about the Global Ortho Project. The project goal is to create
a uniform, detailed map of the Continental United States and 17 countries in Western and Central Europe
Microsoft’s focus in investing so heavily in mapping services may be for the enterprise market. Mr. Hardy notes that Google has just announced a cloud based mapping service for business.
By air not by sea
Nor by land.
Google Maps is known for its street view feature and use of land-based vehicles for mapping (among other things). In contrast, Bing Maps is approaching by air. The Global Ortho Project uses high-resolution cameras to fly over and capture images. It is the culmination of a long-term effort to automate and improve aerial imagery mapping techniques.
The Global Ortho Project is based on innovative and original technology. Bing might match or even surpass competitors in creating high quality photographic maps.
December 30, 2010
Stamen Design says “I like Bing Maps and I cannot lie”.
Bing view of San Francisco
Interface and level of detail
I feel the same way.
A Crime Spotting Bing Map
Bing Maps can be, and often are, well, amazing.
December 17, 2010
Google Earth in Sky Viewing Mode
This is another location-based service (LBS), similar but larger scale than those developed by foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook.
Google Earth and Maps for organizations
Google is different because it realizes that only a small consumer segment will remain active LBS users, in light of news about negative impact on
As clear from the name, Google Earth and Maps for Enterprise is targeted toward businesses:
Make it easy for your employees to view, understand, and make decisions about location-based information. Incorporate your company’s data into Google Maps and Google Earth to be shared quickly and easily with colleagues and clients. The intuitive Google mapping applications require little or no training; your staff and customers will immediately realize the benefits of interactive geo-spatial information.
Google’s enterprise version combines familiar Google mapping with added features designed especially for business users:
- Google Maps API Premier
- Google Earth Pro
- Google Earth Enterprise
Bing supports a highly regarded 3-D mapping feature, requiring download and installation of the free Microsoft Silverlight application. There has been recent discussion of less support or other curtailment by Microsoft, but I am not certain, as I’ve read differing accounts depending on the source.
Note that Google also requires installation of an extra application on the user’s hard-drive to use Google Earth, as it is a 3-D mapping program.
November 18, 2010
This particular page resides on the Microsoft TechNet site, in the Resources for IT Professionals section. It is not behind a secured firewall. It is a documentation page, and includes an excellent chart to assist in realizing the full functionality of the Microsoft Bing search engine.
UPDATE: I was pleasantly surprised by Microsoft’s official policy for embedding screen shots of Microsoft’s content on personal website. Here is the chart documenting Microsoft Bing search syntax that I referenced in the hyper link in my preceding paragraph:
Microsoft Bing Syntax screen shot
*This link to the Microsoft Intellectual Property Permissions policy helped me to determine allowed usage of Microsoft content.