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Earthware develops 'Bing Maps World Tour' for Microsoft

Anthony Marshall
Anthony Marshall
22 Jun 2009
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<p>The Microsoft Bing Enterprise Mapping team approached Earthware two months ago, with an idea to communicate their monthly imagery releases to clients and partners in a more visually engaging format. </p> <p>With each month’s imagery release potentially covering hundreds of updated locations worldwide the current system of publishing a simple list of all the locations was not demonstrating the full impact of each release. Microsoft was also keen to use their latest Bing Maps Silverlight control, to create a visually rich interactive mapping application which could be both a showcase for the monthly updates, and the possibilities that Silverlight and Bing maps can offer. </p> <p>Microsoft were also keen to host the new application on the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/azure/windowsazure.mspx" target="_blank">Windows Azure platform</a> to show the flexibility of combining Azure services with the Bing Enterprise maps. </p> <p align="center"><a href="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/windowsazurelogo1.png"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Windows Azure Development" border="0" alt="Windows Azure Development" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/windowsazurelogo-thumb.png" width="150" height="29" /></a>&#160;&#160;&#160; <a href="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/binglogo.png"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Bing Maps" border="0" alt="Bing Maps" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/binglogo-thumb.png" width="68" height="29" /></a>&#160;&#160;&#160;&#160; <a href="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/silverlightlogo.png"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: inline; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; border-left-width: 0px" title="Microsoft Silverlight Development" border="0" alt="Microsoft Silverlight Development" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/silverlightlogo-thumb.png" width="89" height="29" /></a> </p> <h3>Why Earthware?</h3> <p>Earthware already had extensive experience with Bing maps and the new <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/blog/index.php/2009/03/virtual-earth-silverlight-control-ctp-available-friday-weve-been-playing-already/">Silverlight control</a> after taking part in the closed beta program in early 2009. As part of this Earthware produced a <a href="http://earthware.cloudapp.net/demos/sltwittermap.aspx" target="_blank">Twitter map</a> demo application which Microsoft demoed as part of the <a href="http://videos.visitmix.com/MIX09/T34F" target="_blank">Bing Maps Silverlight control’s release publicity</a>. The Twitter demo also used the Azure platform.</p> <h3>What did we deliver? <br /> <br /><a href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/product/coverage.aspx"><img style="border-right-width: 0px; display: block; float: none; border-top-width: 0px; border-bottom-width: 0px; margin-left: auto; border-left-width: 0px; margin-right: auto" title="Bing Maps World Tour" border="0" alt="Bing Maps World Tour" src="http://earthware-website.azurewebsites.net/Content/images/wp-images/2009/06/ss1.jpg" width="400" height="339" /></a> </h3> <ul> <li>A visually rich mapping application using <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/blog/index.php/2009/03/virtual-earth-silverlight-control-ctp-available-friday-weve-been-playing-already/" target="_blank">Microsoft’s Bing Maps Silverlight Control</a> and hosted on the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/azure/windowsazure.mspx" target="_blank">Windows Azure platform</a>. <br />&#160; </li> <li>A secure back office administration area to allow the Microsoft team to quickly, and easily, add and update monthly imagery release information. <br />&#160; </li> <li>A back end database built upon the Windows Azure table storage service. <br />&#160; </li> <li>The entire first release of the Bing Maps World Tour application was delivered in less than six weeks and in time for the challenging May 2009 imagery release deadline. <br />&#160; </li> </ul> <p>Try the finished <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/imagery/" target="_blank">Bing Maps World Tour application</a> for yourself on the <a href="http://www.microsoft.com/maps/imagery/" target="_blank">Bing Maps Website</a> or read more about the application at the official <a href="http://www.bing.com/community/blogs/maps/archive/2009/06/05/bing-maps-imagery-release-may-2009-introducing-bing-maps-world-tour.aspx" target="_blank">Bing maps blog</a>. You can also see the reaction of the developer community to the applications release <a href="http://search.twitter.com/search?q=bing+maps+world+tour">on twitter</a>.</p> <p>If you are interested in Earthware helping you to create similar interactive animated mapping applications for your products please visit our <a href="http://www.earthware.co.uk/services/interactive-mapping-consultancy/default.aspx">interactive mapping consultancy page</a>.</p>
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