On May 8, we reported that Microsoft's Streeside was spotted in United Kingdom, it is now official, Bing Maps Streetside view is now available in certain parts of the United Kingdom.
Navteq/Bing Maps cars colletected Streetside imagery in the United Kingdom in the following areas:
- London April 2011 to August 2011
- Manchester & Merseyside September 2011 to December 2011
The company has been somewhat quiet in promoting the fact that Bing Streetside has gone international, however Microsoft have set up a website which provides further information on its street-level imagery.
Microsoft boasts Bing Streetside view as being different from competitors and offering a practical alternative for mobile devices, where data and loading rates come at a premium for many. The different perspective may also provide benefits to users looking for specific businesses or locations which are not as easy to find on Google's Street view.
At this stage, it is difficult to tell if Microsoft's attempt to outsmart Google will have success with computer users.
"Streetside provides a true-to-life view you can explore to get a feel for a place and plan your activities. Travel along streets, view storefronts and parks, and navigate to destinations without an address (or even street names) by using landmarks and familiar spots as visual cues. It's easy to see where you want to be, so you'll never be lost again! To provide this immersive 360-degree experience for even more areas, mobile Bing teams may soon be using a car-mounted camera to map public roads in your country, city, or community."