Bing Maps Platform Features

Bing Maps Platform Features

The Bing Maps Platform delivers rich features and functionality to help create immersive end-user experiences, visualize business information, and manage resources:

Silverlight Control

The introduction of the Silverlight Map Control adds a new option for developers to create immersive, online mapping experiences that bring Web sites to life.


Transform digital photos into a panoramic experience that displays the big picture, as well as its details.

Maps for Mobile Devices

Develop mobile applications with imagery optimized for mobile devices (including the iPhone). The features are supported in the Bing Maps Web Services.

Expanded Number of Rooftop Views

Bing Maps now offers 71 million unique addresses — 55 percent of all rooftops in the United States.

Enhanced Bird's Eye1 Views

These views of real-world locations provide insight into "what it's like there." Zoom and pan smoothly within bird's eye and across imagery types for a truly immersive viewing experience.


Travel down to the street level to explore locations almost as if you were standing there in person.

Geocoding and Reverse Geocoding

Get the most detailed locations through integration of multiple geocoders, and provide the most relevant and comprehensive results.

International Geocoding

Your customers can find international addresses with more precision.

Localized Maps and Directions

Get localized driving or walking directions in 15 languages, and localized maps in Western Europe in English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Italian.

Extended International Parsing

Users will experience better match rates for addresses in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Puerto Rico.


Your customers can find locations using alternative and similar spellings.

Bing Maps Web Services

Developers can take advantage of the Bing Maps Web Services API, which offers static map images, direct map tile access, one-box search functionality, geocoding, reverse geocoding, and routing.

Pushpin Clustering

Provide customers the ability to zoom in to visualize a cluster of points.

Landmark-Based Routing

Provide customers in the United States and Canada with directions using familiar landmarks such as gas stations and fast-food restaurants.

Traffic Reports

Help your users avoid traffic jams by using traffic reports that overlay the Bing map with color-coded traffic flow visuals above the roads.

GeoRSS Feeds

Import shapes, pushpins, and polylines with GeoRSS feeds.


1. Available in many metropolitan areas. Not available for government customers.