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New Bing Maps, now with Photosynth

December 2, 2009

Bing Maps released a bevy of new features today in their ongoing quest for world domination.  These upgrades revolve around a Silverlight experience (IE and FF only) for their maps page.  Featuring smooth transitions, great performance and a street side view, they are making strides not only for parity with Google, but on a performance level, to surpass them.  My attention however, was drawn to another unique feature, namely their integration of Photosynth into the deepest levels of the mapping experience.  The Bing blog post claims “you can zip down from space down into someone’s house”, which despite sounding vaguely horrifying, is also pretty cool.  The video below demonstrates, if not digital breaking and entering, a similar idea:

You can find more information over at the Photosynth blog about the integration and how to get your synth featured on Bing Maps.  You can also learn more about the full scope of new Maps features on the Bing blog.

Kevin Hanes

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