We have been concerned that Bing Maps is the next for the chopping block at Microsoft after the company started redirecting map searches to Google Maps.
AllAboutWindowsPhone have also expressed concern that Bing Maps data appears to be outdated, missing new roads which have been present for more than 6 months, despite the roads being available on Here Maps, and the Bing data seemingly having a 2018 copyright date.
Noone has however told Loren E. Hillberg, Partner, Group Program Manager, Bing Maps team, that Maps’ days are numbered, and he responded to the concern by reassuring AAWP that an update is on the way, saying:
“I would like to give you some sense of what we are doing and how we will be working on this in the future.
As you pointed out, in some cases our maps data is stale. As you are aware, we get our underlying map data from HERE and then process this data to bring it into our Bing Maps and Windows Map App experiences. Occasionally this process encounters delays. However, we have been speeding up our data processing and expect an update to be available this summer.
We continue to invest in our maps and will continue to enhance data freshness as we move forward. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, this type of delay will be a thing of the past.”
Since Microsoft offers Bing data for developers to consume you may be using the maps even if you do not visit the website or use the app, making the news of a data refresh welcome. Hopefully, Microsoft will improve their processes and bring map updates more rapidly to end users.