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Bing Maps gets ‘Twitter, PhotoSynth, Facebook, streetside, enhanced Bird’s Eye’, and more

Microsoft rolled out new new Bing features that includes: Bing Maps, Bing Mobile App and a new Bing Toolbar.

  • Bing Maps beta now offers a Streetside and enhanced aerial view, giving users ability to explore what’s around them from street level or from sky looking down. • Twitter integration – see real-time updates based on location • Local Lens – indexes local blogs and tries to associate them with a physical location • What’s Nearby – find what’s near a location. Staying at a hotel? Find the nearest pizza • Photosynths – integrating the photo technology into maps. Try “metropolitan museum of art in New York City” for an example.
  • Microsoft made Bing Mobile app available for Windows Mobile. It was released for BlackBerry Storm last month. The app includes voice search, maps, and quick answers. Windows Mobile users can browse to m.bing.com to download the app.
  • Bing Bar” for Internet Explorer and Firefox is a ‘virtual assistant’ that keeps you informed, keeps you connected, and helps you get things done using search, and it provides: • Cashback detector – alerts you to Cashback deals while you shop • Browse Plus – puts Bing to work, finding content, breaking news, sports scores, stock alerts, etc. while you browse • Search Assist – query suggestion feature
  • Coming soon, Bing will integrate Twitter and Facebook feeds into Bing’s Visual Search experience. Bing says Visual Search interface allows you to quickly find your status updates of your friends and followers, sort by upcoming birthdays and more.

In the video below Laura and Chris walk thru of the features:

More than 14,000 Photosynths, and 1,435,000 photos are explorable in Bing Maps in all their synthy goodness. Take a look at this one minute video of “diving in” to a synth from Bing Maps.


More info: Bing Maps | PhotoSynth blog | Bing blog

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