Bing Maps Platform FAQ

Bing Maps Platform FAQ

General

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What is the Bing Maps Platform?
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What is the difference between the Bing Maps Platform and the bing.com/maps site?
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What is the difference between the Bing Maps Platform and Bing Maps for Enterprise?
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What is the difference between the Bing Maps Platform and Microsoft Virtual Earth?
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What type of applications benefit from Bing Maps?
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How do I upgrade from MapPoint Web Service to Bing Maps APIs?
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How do I move from Multimap to Bing Maps APIs?
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I need a specific application. Where can I find a solution or application partner for Bing Maps?
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How do I get started using the Bing Maps platform and services?
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How can I evaluate the service?
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Can I use the platform for free?
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What is a transaction?
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What is a session?

Imagery & Data

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What is Streetside?
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How can I use Streetside?
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What are the known issues with the Bing Maps Silverlight Control Streetside beta mode?
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What measures will Microsoft take to ensure that Streetside imagery doesn’t violate the privacy of individuals?
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What is bird's eye1 imagery?
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Is bird's eye available in the AJAX map control?
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Is enhanced bird’s eye available to Government customers?
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What is reverse geocoding?
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How frequently are data and imagery updated?
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What areas include street level imagery?
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Can I get latitude and longitude using Bing Maps?
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Does Bing Maps allow authenticated/encrypted communication?
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How do I get my own imagery into Bing Maps?

Features

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What types of directions are available?
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Is traffic-based routing available?
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What coverage does Bing Maps have for traffic overlay information?
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Can I customize the look and feel of routes in my maps?
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How many route waypoints does Bing Maps support?
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Does Bing Maps support optimized routing?
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Can I define a search area on Bing Maps?
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What is Photosynth?
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How can I use Photosynth commercially?
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How do I get a Photosynth commercial license?
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Can I keep my synths private?
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How do I use the embedded map services?

Platform & Infrastructure

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What is the Bing Maps Silverlight Control?
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Can I use the Silverlight Control or the REST Services with my existing Customer Services site account?
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Do my users need to have Silverlight installed?
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What browsers does the Bing Maps AJAX Control support?
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How is Bing using distributed data centers to deliver high performance to a global customer base?
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Do I need to make changes to my application to utilize the Bing distributed data centers?
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What is bird's eye hybrid?
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Is Bing Maps AJAX Control 6.3 backward compatible?
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What browsers does the Silverlight Map Control support?
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Does Bing Maps allow for importing of external data?
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What level of integration exists between Visual Studio and Bing Maps?
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Can the Bing Maps Platform be used with other development tools, such as Eclipse or Ruby, and other platforms, such as Solaris, Java, Perl, and Linux?
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Does Bing Maps provide hosting services?
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Does Bing Maps support mobile applications?
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What mobile platforms does Bing Maps support?
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What are the new Bing Maps REST and Spatial Data APIs and when should I use them?
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Is a key required to use the REST APIs and if yes, where would I find the key?
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What improvements can I expect with the latest upgrade to the AJAX Map Control?
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If I have the AJAX Map Control, why would I use the new CORE mode feature?
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What can I expect with the new Silverlight Map Control Update?
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How would I enable GPU acceleration with the new Silverlight Map Control?
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What is the Bing Map App SDK?
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Where do I go to download the Bing Map App SDK?
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How can I share my map app with the Bing Maps community?
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What is the King of Bing Maps Challenge?

For Partners

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Is there a Bing Maps Partner program?
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1. Not available for government customers.