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Features and capabilities

Explore Bing Maps API features to help you choose the Maps API that meets your needs.

Bing Maps V8 Web Control

The Bing Maps V8 control is one of the most universal mapping controls available. Not only is it supported on standard PC & Mac browsers, but it is also supported on many mobile platforms. This maps API is ideal for web-based applications with support for JavaScript and TypeScript.

 

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Maps SDK for Android and iOS

Build native map experiences for Android and iOS apps using Bing Maps features and services. The Android and iOS SDKs feature map controls powered by a full vector 3D map engine.

 

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Maps SDK for Unity Applications

The Maps SDK is a map control for Unity-based applications that utilizes Bing Maps 3D data. This map control offers an off-the-shelf 3D map, customizable map navigation controls, and provides the building blocks for creating mixed reality map experiences.

 

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Windows 10 Universal Windows Platform

Build map apps that target a range of Windows 10 devices, including phones, tablets and desktop PCs. Use familiar technologies, like C# and XAML, to quickly build robust apps. In Windows 10, you can also leverage world-class Aerial 3D and Streetside imagery as a backdrop for making your app and your data look great.

 

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Windows Presentation Foundation

The Bing Maps API featuring Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) is an excellent control for creating desktop-based applications. It is specifically designed with touch controls that work with the Microsoft Surface tablet.

 

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Bing Maps REST Services - Location Intelligence

The Bing Maps REST Services offer powerful location intelligence capabilities that allow you to perform tasks like geocoding, reverse-geocoding, time zone lookup, and more. Being a REST-based API, the Bing Maps API can be easily accessed from almost any development environment.

 

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Bing Maps REST Services - Routing

The Bing Maps REST Services include powerful routing services that enable you to calculate and optimize routes for several modes (driving, walking, public transit), commercial vehicles, and multi-agent scenarios with traffic information included.

 

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Logistics / Fleet Management

The Bing Maps suite of fleet management offers 4 API services: Distance Matrix, Truck Routing, Isochrone, and Snap-to-Road. Whether you’re looking for travel-time optimization, routing logistics, asset tracking or all of the above, Bing Maps has a solution that’s easy to develop and use.

 

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Spatial Data Services

The Bing Spatial Data Services are REST-based maps API services that offer three key functionalities: batch geocoding, point of interest (POI) data and the ability to store and expose your spatial data. These services are ideal for those who need a place to store their spatial data or who need point of interest data in their application.

 

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Open Source Projects

The Bing Maps team has embraced open source, making the source code for many new APIs and SDKs available for you to review and contribute to via GitHub.

API Feature List

Check out our API list and feature set below to help you choose the best APIs for your next world-class location applications and experiences.

Forward Geocodingtruetruetruetrue
Reverse Geocodingtruetruetruetrue
Batch Geocodingtrue
Location Recognitiontrue
Local Searchtrue
Local insightstrue
Time zonetrue
Travel Directionstruetruetrue
Route Optimizationtrue
Transit Directions
View Coverage
truetruetrue
Calculate Routes
(Major Roads)
true
Landmark Hintstruetrue
Truck Directionstruetrue
Distance Matrixtrue
Isochrones
(Drive time polygons)
true
Snap Points to Roadstrue
Multi-Itinerary Optimizationtrue
Autosuggesttruetrue
Bing Spatial Data Servicestrue
Administrative Boundary Datatrue
Point of Interest (POI)true
Custom POI Data Sourcestrue
Location Recognitiontrue
Roadtruetruetruetrue
Aerialtruetruetruetrue
Bird's Eyetruetrue
Ordnance Surveytruetrue
Road (Dark)truetrue
Road (Light)true
Road (High Contrast)truetrue
Road (Greyscale)true
Road (Custom Map Styles)truetruetrue
Traffic Flow
View Coverage
truetrue
Aerial 3Dtrue
Streetsidetruetrue
Experimental Branchtrue
Release Branchtruetruetruetruetrue
Heatmapstrue
Pushpin Clusteringtrue
Drawing Toolstrue
Spatial Math Moduletrue
Traffic Incidents
View Coverage
truetruetruetrue
Export Map as Imagetruetrue
Pushpinstruetruetruetrue
Shape and Shape Layerstruetruetrue
Complex Polygonstrue
Custom Tile Layerstruetruetrue
Vector Maps Labelstruetrue
Label Collision Detectiontruetrue
Test Data Generatortrue
Keyboard & Mouse Eventstruetruetrue
Touch Supporttruetruetrue
Customizable Navigation Controlstruetrue
Elevation Datatrue
Custom Overlaystrue
Ground Overlaytrue
Animated Tile Layerstrue
Data Binningtrue
Configuration Driven Mapstrue
GeoJSONtrue
Well Known Texttrue
KMLtrue
KMZtrue
GeoRSStrue
GML (via GeoRSS)true
GPXtrue
Geocodingtruetruetruetrue
Driving Directionstruetruetrue
Map Labelstruetruetruetrue
Map Navigation Dashboardtrue
JavaScripttrue
TypeScripttrue
C#true
Interactive SDKtrue
XMLtruetrue
JSONtruetrue

API Platform List

Understand which platforms technologies allow you to interact with Bing Maps APIs.

Universal Windows Platform truetruetruetrue
Desktop
(Windows 8.1 & earlier)
truetruetrue
Websitetruetruetrue
iOStruetruetrue
Androidtruetruetrue

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Documentation

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