Have you looked at the Bing map in Streetside view today? You’ll have probably notice some changes.
“These changes represent a significant enhancement for desktop browsers, enabling you to quickly pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find businesses.” Bing team explains “We’re doing this by providing street level panoramas so you can take a virtual walk through the streets with a view of locations and landmarks. As you slide the street level imagery sideways, the view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts. Check it out in a flat, straight, New York street, or a steep, twisty, San Francisco one.”
“This new style, on the other hand, keeps the immersive experience but adds smooth left/right panning navigation that makes it easy to find what’s nearby more quickly. The street flows by as a series of smooth ground-level photographs so now you simply pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find what you’re looking for.”
“While you’re moving around in this new view you can keep track of where you are by looking at the street map above the imagery. Right below the images you’ll see an overlay of the names of businesses and bus stops, reducing clutter and providing location context,” bing added.
“Want to see what’s across the street? Click the “u-turn” icon next to the street name in the upper left of the image. Want to see what’s down a cross street? Just click on the street name, if there is Streetside imagery available for that area you’ll rotate onto it.”
More Info: Bing map in Streetside view
[Source: Bing Maps blog]