Bing Maps

Microsoft's answer to Google Earth

While Google Earth remains the undisputed navigational heavyweight master of global mapping, Microsoft have weighed in with a reasonable effort. View full description

PROS

  • Excellent visualisation features for roads and streets
  • Easy to navigate

CONS

  • Interface can be cluttered
  • Floating toolbar can be annoying

Very good
8

While Google Earth remains the undisputed navigational heavyweight master of global mapping, Microsoft have weighed in with a reasonable effort.

Bing Maps (previously known as Microsoft Virtual Earth) combines local search with maps and aerial photography. Microsoft have included satellite imagery with maps in its local search results for quite some time but with Bing Maps, the display is focused primarily around maps and aerial views. You can zoom in and out of maps or images, and drag the images around within the display at leisure and the basic search interface is similar to MSN's local search with "what" and "where" forms to specify what you're searching for. In addition, text results for searches are displayed in floating popup windows on the left side of the display.

Aerial photographs are overlaid with labels, showing street names, landmarks, and other features, even including directional arrows for one-way streets plus permalinks saves a screenshot of everything open in Virtual Earth, including the map view location and search results.

It may not be in the same class as Google Earth but this is one of Microsoft's better efforts it has to be said.

Changes

  • Location Finder added to Microsoft Download Centre

Virtual Earth is Microsoft’s next generation mapping and location service. It combines the MapPoint Web Service with new innovations around bird's eye, satellite and aerial imagery, map styles and usability as well as enhanced local search.

The Virtual Earth platform enables you add bird's eye imagery to such things as real estate applications for show prospective clients, enhance store locators with the dynamic, drag-n-drop maps and provide drivers with highly-visual driving directions.

Virtual Earth is powered by Windows Live Local, Microsoft’s online local search and mapping web site. Take your websites and applications to the next level by creating an immersive online mapping and visualization experience with the Virtual Earth platform.

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— User reviews — about Bing Maps

  • janetsharptrower

    by janetsharptrower

    "Awful!!!"

    Awful! I printed out 6 different locations when traveling through Pennsylvania and every single one was missing parts of... More.

    reviewed on June 10, 2015

  • 100005518020867

    by 100005518020867

    "NOT ACCURATE! Not accurate on a Mac."

    I think they need to get more accurate information. I looked up a specific location, my address and found it was a block... More.

    reviewed on July 30, 2013

  • brienj

    by brienj

    "Wrongly says that Opera is not compatible!"

    Trying to use it in Opera and it says it isn't compatible and to get IE or Firefox, yet if you use the Anti-Sniffing ext... More.

    reviewed on August 30, 2011

  • wam525

    by wam525

    "not for Mac. for Windows only!"

    Since Google's official corporate policy is not to show world maps in English, the Bing maps are the only way to go. How... More.

    reviewed on February 10, 2011

  • BigMan906

    by BigMan906

    "Bing Maps"

    Easy to use but yet costs. I will use Google until this is free. Sorry Microsoft, I can't afford to keep shelling out fo... More.

    reviewed on October 30, 2010

  • Rondon712

    by Rondon712

    "Free download, for a fee."

    I haven't tried it yet because I can't get it without paying for it after your "Free Trial". Also, th... More.

    reviewed on January 27, 2010