Bing Metro-fies pushpins, transit info

By Kip Kniskern | In Bing | Posted March 14, 2012 27 comments

In a continuation of the metrofication of Microsoft and the unification of Bing Maps and Nokia Maps, a blog post on the Bing Search blog announced today some new changes to the way that pushpins, popups, and transit info appear on Bing Maps.

As you can see, the pushpins are now Metro styled, with a flat blue look for search results (saved pins show up as orange)  instead of the shaded pins of the past:

bing maps pins

The popups that appear when you click on the pins have moved to the black info pane familiar to Windows 8 users, with a smaller name only popup appearing on mouseover.

To make things easier to see in an aerial map, the popups change to a white background in that view:

bing maps pins aerial

(We also noted that major roads are now colored in aerial view, something we hadn’t noticed before, is that new?)

Public transport information in the US and UK have also been improved.  Colors and signage on transit lines now more accurately reflect their actual counterparts, and show up not only on the maps but on the enhanced directions lists, which have also been revamped to a more Metro look and feel:

bing maps directions

bing maps bus routes

You’ll be able modify and recalculate your route by clicking and dragging on start, end, or waypoints, noted by a tooltip that will appear with adjustable elements.

The blog post also notes the consolidation of Bing’s interior maps, which started with shopping mall maps, into a new category of “Venue Maps”  Bing now offers interior maps of over 870 shopping malls, airports, casinos, and the like, in the US, Germany, France, and the UK.  It looks like there’s lots more work to do as only one University (the University of Washington, go figure), one park, one museum, etc., are represented, but we expect to see lots more interior maps added over time.  You can check out the venue maps directly at www.bing.com/maps/venues, or use the navigation on the left hand side of the Bing Maps main page.  (We’re currently getting a “the venue map you’re trying to view is currently unavailable” error when trying to open the venue maps, you may have to wait a bit for these changes to roll out).

Posted March 14th, 2012 at 11:13 am
Category: Bing
Tags: Bing Maps
  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    The venue maps are working for me (UK)

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Hmm, just looked again and they’re apparently working in IE 9/Windows 7 but not in IE10(desktop)/Windows 8.  Can anyone else confirm?

      • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

        I confirm this…..does not work in IE10 (Metro/Desktop) Windows 8

        • damaster

          Yes I can confirm this too – not just Venue Maps, but the entire Bing Maps.

  • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

    The venue maps are working for me (UK)

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      Hmm, just looked again and they’re apparently working in IE 9/Windows 7 but not in IE10(desktop)/Windows 8.  Can anyone else confirm?

      • http://twitter.com/Henryed07 Henry Edwards

        I confirm this…..does not work in IE10 (Metro/Desktop) Windows 8

        • Damaster – LiveSide.net

          Yes I can confirm this too – not just Venue Maps, but the entire Bing Maps.

  • tN0

    Why are they still using Arial as the default font? Hello? It is the 21st century already!

    • frankwick

      I guess you would prefer SegoeUI?

    • Mmmm

      Exactly my thoughts.

      They seem to use Arial to appeal to the Google crowd… and probably the not-using-Win7-so-they-dont-have-Segoe-UI crowd. :(

  • tN0

    Why are they still using Arial as the default font? Hello? It is the 21st century already!

    • frankwick

      I guess you would prefer SegoeUI?

    • Mmmm

      Exactly my thoughts.

      They seem to use Arial to appeal to the Google crowd… and probably the not-using-Win7-so-they-dont-have-Segoe-UI crowd. :(

  • frankwick

    why are they using starbucks as an example when starbucks has its hand deeeeep in Apple’s pocket?  Starbucks won’t even release a simple pay app for WP.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      That was me.  I retook screenshots to check out how everything worked, and if you want a lot of pins in a Seattle search, you search on “Starbucks” ;)

  • frankwick

    why are they using starbucks as an example when starbucks has its hand deeeeep in Apple’s pocket?  Starbucks won’t even release a simple pay app for WP.

    • http://www.LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern – LiveSide.net

      That was me.  I retook screenshots to check out how everything worked, and if you want a lot of pins in a Seattle search, you search on “Starbucks” ;)

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    • Busywork

      Assuming whoever wrote the post on the bing blog didn’t develop, test or otherwise materially contribute to this release (usually a safe assumption), it’s disapointing that they didn’t at least proofread the post either.

  • Busywork

    Assuming whoever wrote the post on the bing blog didn’t develop, test or otherwise materially contribute to this release (usually a safe assumption), it’s disapointing that they didn’t at least proofread the post either.

  • technogran

    Nice post Kip. I love the way that Bing Maps are going. Glad to see that we who don’t own or use a car to get around are also catered for.

  • technogran

    Nice post Kip. I love the way that Bing Maps are going. Glad to see that we who don’t own or use a car to get around are also catered for.

  • John

    Gorgeous!!! :)   I hope they launch Bing Transit here in Canada soon!!!  I hate having to use Google’s transit map when I prefer Bing’s maps.

    • Pramil

      Bing transit do exist in canada for Vancouver and Toronto. Ya, its missing for other cities.

  • John

    Gorgeous!!! :)   I hope they launch Bing Transit here in Canada soon!!!  I hate having to use Google’s transit map when I prefer Bing’s maps.

    • Pramil

      Bing transit do exist in canada for Vancouver and Toronto. Ya, its missing for other cities.