How to Fine-tune Location Coordinates with the Custom Geocoding Refinement Tool

When presenting custom location data in Bing Maps applications, a frequent requirement is to geocode the addresses of your location data prior to presenting them on the map, ensuring that you have latitude and longitude coordinates that accurately reflect the real-world locations. Bing Maps offers batch geocoding capabilities via the Bing Spatial Data Services Geocode…


How to Create a Speech-Powered Geocoding and Routing Experience in a Windows Store App

In a previous post, we saw how to incorporate speech into a JavaScript-based Windows Store app. In this post, we will speech-enable a XAML-based Windows Store app to provide a speech-driven geocoding and routing experience. Two very common activities in map-based applications include searching for locations, and obtaining driving directions. In many scenarios, it can…


How to Extend Your App with Talking Maps

In a previous blog post we had a lap around the new support for Custom Geospatial Data in the Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS). This time around we will build upon that tutorial and extend the app so that we can talk to it and have it talk back. Check out the video to see and…


Introducing Support for Custom Geospatial-Data in Bing SDS

The Bing Spatial Data Services (SDS) have always supported the management and retrieval of your points of interest (POI). You can upload text or XML-files with addresses or GPS-locations and batch-geocode or reverse geocode them, you can store them in the cloud and query your points of interest in a radius around a location, in…


Complex Polygons in Bing Maps

In Bing Maps we can easily create simple polygons. Simple polygons consist of a single exterior ring of coordinates. However, in more advance applications it is useful to be able to draw more complex polygons. Take for instance the borders of Lesotho, which is a land locked country within the main exterior borders of South…


New Bing Speech Recognition Control and Updated Bing OCR and Translator Controls

At the BUILD conference in June, we announced three broad categories of capabilities the new Bing platform would deliver to developers: Services to bring entities and the world’s knowledge to your applications, services to enable your applications to deliver more natural and intuitive user experiences, and services which bring an awareness of the physical world into…


Clustering Pushpins in Windows Store Apps

Clustering of pushpins in Bing Maps consists of grouping together nearby locations into clusters. As the user zooms in, the clusters break apart to reveal the individual locations. The goal of this process is to reduce the number of pushpins that are displayed on the map at any given time. This results in better performance…


Updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store Apps, for Windows 8.0 and 8.1

Today we are announcing the availability of updated Bing Maps SDKs for Windows Store apps for both Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 in the Visual Studio Gallery. The Bing Maps SDK for Windows Store Apps update for Microsoft Windows 8.1, which consists of the Bing Maps SDK for JavaScript (for JavaScript Developers) and Bing Maps SDK…


Draggable Pushpins in Bing Maps (.NET)

When building a Bing Maps application, you may want to give the user the ability to drag a pushpin. In the JavaScript version of Bing Maps this can be done by setting the draggable property of a pushpin to true, but the Pushpin class in the .NET version does not have this property, so what…


Localizing Custom Mapping Data with Bing Translator

The Bing Maps for Enterprise platform offers extensive localization capabilities for map navigation, map labels, directions, and geocoding results in the AJAX v7 map control, Windows Store map control, and REST Services. Typically, you will also have your own custom data that you will be displaying within your mapping application. In this post, we will…