Bing Maps Gets Interface Enhancements

Bing Cleans Up Bing Maps Design

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Microsoft has launched an update to the Bing Maps interface today aimed at improving readability and aesthetics.

The new interface uses cool colors, which Bing says creates a more visually appealing backdrop, helping content "pop" on the map, and provides clear differentiation for pushpins, labels, and traffic overlays.

There are new labels with larger fonts for major streets. This eliminates the need for bolding, and less attractive glows while allowing users to quickly find locations in a relevant format, Bing says.

Bing Maps Interface Gets Redesign

The new interface also comes with improved international coverage. There is improved road and street data across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Oceania, and Asia.

Finally, Bing Maps has launched Dynamic Labels in beta, which allow users to quickly zoom to a region or location on the map with just a few clicks, making it easier to identify and explore areas or neighborhoods of a city. These labels can be turned on from the map style selector on bing.com/maps/explore.

As reported earlier, Bing now offers an app for OpenStreetMap, a Wikipedia-style community-driven mapping interface.

Bing Maps Gets Interface Enhancements
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  • Fermie

    I’m not crazy about the new color scheme and I think most people would agree with me. While shades of purple may work well when dealing with image overlays and apps, it isn’t the optimum color scheme for casual users just looking for directions. However, I love the scaling text and dynamic labels. Maybe Microsoft will tweek the presentation a bit and make the colors more vibrant. After all this is a Beta release.

    I like the approach to services Microsoft has taken lately – release a beta version that isn’t in final build but still functional, get alot of customer feedback, tweek it and come back with a fantastic final build service that gets everything right.

    Good job Bing. I’ll keep using you as my home page.

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