Map Wars – Bing Maps

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Last week at the TED conference in Southern California, Microsoft’s Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrated a new crowdsourced-version Bing Maps that integrates photos and even live video that is shared by others. Microsoft will also soon launch what we’ve dubbed “Bing Sky,” the ability to use Bing to look up in the sky and see what’s in space above. Bing also has a blog post with the news.

Microsoft also highlighted its many map applications available for Bing, for those using the Silverlight version:

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Microsoft calls the capabilities of the enhanced Bing Maps “spatial search” because it ties search results and content to the real world (or an image of it) and puts those results in geo-spatial context.

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