Microsoft announces Bing Maps V8 SDK Fall Update

Microsoft today announced the Bing Maps Version 8 web control (V8) Fall Update. Apart from bug fixes and performance improvements, this update also includes some new features for developers.

  • Cardinal Splines: The Spatial Math module has a new function that calculates a cardinal spline that passes through a specified array of locations. Try it now.
  • Multiple Map Support: Some applications will sometimes want to display two or more maps on a single page. With this release, the Bing Maps V8 web control now supports loading multiple map instances on a single page.
  • US Census Data: The Bing Maps team has made 2010 US Census data available through the Bing Spatial Data Services for easy use in your application. This data has been exposed through 4 different data sources, each containing census data based on a different type of geographical region; states, counties, ZCTA5 (Zip code tabulation area), and the 111th Congressional districts.
  • Route Path Locations: When you calculate a route using the directions manager, you can now easily get an array of locations that make up the route path. This is useful if you want to create a custom styled route line on the map, or if you want to perform route-based calculations such as search for data along or near a route. Combine this with the Bing Maps REST elevation service and easily generate route elevation profiles. This is documented as part of the Route response object here.

You can check out the documentation on MSDN for more details on this release.

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