Bing Maps gets update; landmarks and roads are now easier to see

Bing Maps gets update; landmarks and roads are now easier to see
You might have noticed a few new changes to Bing Maps. For example, the gradient coloring for land areas now changes depending on your zoom level. When you are zoomed out, land areas will be lighter. They get darker when you zoom in. This way, streets become easier to see with the greater contrast. Microsoft has also changed the icons for local landmarks. Instead of using global icons, local ones are used instead. This way, no matter where you live, you can understand what landmarks you are near. For example, a Dollar sign might not mean anything to Bing Maps users in certain countries. In those regions, a bank might be represented using a different icon

Speaking of icons, the update removes situations where transit icons are duplicated in the U.S. And with the new styling used by Bing, you now will be able to distinguish between a park trail, a pathway and a road.

Check out the slideshow below to see examples of the new improvements made to Bing Maps.


source: Bing via WPCentral

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19 Comments

1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Bing keeps getting better and better.

3. Super3310

Posts: 91; Member since: May 06, 2014

Yeah true. But nokia here maps beats all anyday.

2. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Bing is for p●rn

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Use Here maps then.

15. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

And your comment relates to maps how?

5. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I didn't even know Bing Maps existed...

6. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

but its far better than google map .

7. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol.. No, original Bing maps aren't... Here Maps are a suitable alternative to Google Maps though.. I don't know which is better..

8. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

GMaps=Here>Bing Maps> Apple Maps

9. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

are u joke google map need internet plus all time using wrong navigation i dont know and ever use goole map what is google map

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I don't know about that.... Not saying Gmaps isn't the best, but I'm also not saying Here maps isn't either... ........ Can you show evidence that Gmaps is better than Here maps?

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

I just checked Here maps for London. 1. It doesn't cover the whole of city in street view (I'm guessing it would be worst for other less developed cities) 2. Google shows more local businesses. It also shows reviews for some. Here shows no to very little info about local businesses. 3. Google's traffic information is better since it is collected from users and G Maps has an advantage as its on both iOS and Android, hence a wider access for traffic info then Here Maps. Google also has recently bought Waze which is very good for its traffic and social network element. 4. I just did a quick search from work to home using public transit. G Maps showed a faster route (although only by 7 mins) and one less change.

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

5. Also G Maps integrates with my calendar and lets me know at precisely what time I should leave for a meeting based on the current traffic conditions to reach on time. Not sure how that works on Here Maps tho.

16. Fellwalker

Posts: 535; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Open Street maps beat all for off line working

11. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

Google map all day. Versatility is where google beats every map app out there. You can use google map on your PC and when you out of the house your phone(Android) automatically remembers where you want to go.

12. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

how about location where there is no internet at all :P still gmaps i dont think so

13. Cicero

Posts: 1118; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Download and save the map zone before loosing internet and use gps. And read "help" or "how to". Too many times people are talking without info or being ignorant making them looks stupid. Google maps and Here are the best.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

before loosing internet...

17. mark_ray

Posts: 35; Member since: May 26, 2013

Google Maps are way ahead in the line so I think Microsoft should focus on other aspects rather than maps

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