After months of testing, Bing has now made available its new interface for Bing Maps. Changes include adjustments to the task and navigation controls. Bing says it’s now easier to find the most common actions to complete your tasks.
“We’ve consolidated actions that were previously scattered throughout the page, and concentrated them along the top, where you expect to find them,” explains Senior Program Manager Dan Polivy. “We’ve included text labels for most of the buttons. And, most importantly, we’ve focused on making the controls accessible while still allowing the map to be the focus of the page.”
Here’s a look at the before and after (respectively):
“These improvements are being rolled out to all of our international sites with appropriate market-specific functionality,” notes Polivy. “For example, Bing Maps users in the UK will still have access to the London Street Map and Ordnance Survey styles, along with our standard Road map, via the vector style drop-down. The public transport overlay, showing tube, DLR, and tram networks, is also readily available from the navigation bar when the map is centered over the greater London area.”
Bing has also added accessibility of its Bird’s eye 45-degree and high resolution Aerial imagery views from the top of the navigation bar. With that, Bing has made it easier to switch between views in general with a single click.
Finally, there’s a new “locate me” button, which will center the map around your location, if you’re using a browser that supports the W3C Geolocation API.