With Bing Map App SDK release, the team also published 2 new map apps from external developers:
- Weather Map App from WeatherBug brings 3 layers of weather information to Bing Maps. Enable Weather Map App and by default you’ll see all 3 layers enabled – (1) U.S. Doppler Images, Worldwide Satellite and WeatherBug Stations. Clicking on a station pin will bring up current temperature, heat index, high and low for the day, date and time of last update and wind speed and direction. In left hand navigation, you’ll find web cams set up for some locations and a 2 day forecast for respective area. You can turn off any of 3 layers if you want to limit data in view. Tie this app with WorldWide Telescope to see if the weather will be permitting to get a glance up at the stars. Or, maybe Local Events app to see if tonight you consider an outdoor concert venue to something indoor.
- EveryScape Eats for Bing by EveryScape, Inc. map app brings panoramic photos inside restaurants in Boston, MA area. Firing up map app will center map on Boston and load 10 restaurants on map. Select a restaurant to get a preview image of what’s inside. Click “Step Inside” link and up will pop a 360 degree panorama inside venue. For some locations there’s also an option to view outside. Load up Everyscape Eats for Bing Map App alongside Twitter Maps app to see what people are tweeting about from within bar. Or, load foursquare Everywhere map app to see if earning your Swarm badge is worth cramming into a large or small venue.