Bing Maps today published the largest satellite release to date. In fact, "this release is larger than all of our past Aerial releases combined!," Bing said.
The latest Aerial release includes new Satellite imagery as well as Global Ortho photography. Both releases total 165 terabytes of new data live on Bing Maps.
"Prior to this, our existing Aerial footprint was 129 terabytes total," Bing adds.
The release covers North and South America, Africa, Australia, and Europe, covering nearly 38 million square kilometers. Microsoft has been pushing hard on expanding and upgrading their aerial and Global Ortho images, as explained in the blog post:
"As of today the Global Ortho project is 85% acquired and published. Just this month, Bing Imagery Technologies hit a significant milestone by completing 100% of aerial photography over the United States. The photography in Europe is slated to be finished by this fall and all updated imagery should be published by the end of 2012," Bing said.
Adding, the "Aerial Global Ortho release of June, 2012 is a total of 160 Areas of Interest (AOI), and spans 1.03 million square kilometers. To date, Bing Maps has a total of 1,266 AOIs that stretch across 9.54 million square kilometers!," Bing said.
Shaded areas indicate 30cm Aerial imagery; yellow coverage highlights the May, 2012 release.
To view the June Global Ortho release in the World Tour App, click on the "Select Releases" tab and choose the "Aerial - GlobalOrtho Jun. 2012 release."
Visit Bing Maps World Tour App to view full coverage.
In other bing news,
On June 30-July 1, Bing and Big Think will present For Humankind, a weekend-long science, technology and design pop-up expo at 201 Mulberry Street New York City.
"Here we will spotlight those ideas, communities and devices that integrate our lives, capitalize on our unique strengths, and amplify the best of human nature. For Humankind will explore the boundaries of what it means to be human, today and into the future," Bing said in a blog post.
Also, Bing teamed with TV personality, Chelsea Lately regular and guest host and Tonight Show correspondent, Ross Mathews to see how he is using Bing to help improve his skills in the kitchen so he can better entertain his friends.
Check out how Ross uses Bing to make mind-blowing guacamole for his friends: