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Getting Started Using the Silverlight Map Control

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This topic contains steps for getting started using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control.

Install the Silverlight Tools

Before you begin developing your Bing Maps Silverlight Control application, you need to install the following components:

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Microsoft Visual Studio is not required if you are only going to use the embedded maps feature or if you want to access the Bing Maps Silverlight Control using JavaScript. These features are described in the Embedding a Map into Your Web Page and the Accessing the Control Using Script topics.

Get Familiar with Silverlight

The following resources will help you learn more about Silverlight.

Create a Bing Maps Developer Account

In order to use the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, you need a Bing Maps Key to authenticate your application. To obtain Bing Maps Keys, first go to the Bing Maps Accounts Center and create a Bing Maps Developer Account. This is described in detail in the topic Getting a Bing Maps Key. For information about using your Bing Maps key to authenticate your Bing Maps Silverlight Control application, see Accessing the Control Using a Bing Maps Key.

Download the Silverlight Control

Download the Bing Maps Silverlight Control. This download includes the Bing Maps Silverlight Control assemblies and an offline version of the Bing Maps Silverlight Control SDK.

To view Bird’s eye or StreetsideTM maps, you also need to install the Bing Maps Silverlight Control Extended Modes beta.

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You do not need to download the control if you are only going to use the embedded maps feature or if you want to access the Bing Maps Silverlight Control using JavaScript. These features are described in the Embedding a Map into Your Web Page and the Accessing the Control Using Script topics.

Start Using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control

Now you’re ready to start using the Bing Maps Silverlight Control.

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If you do not have a valid Bing Maps Key, you will see an error message on the map when you try to use the Silverlight Control. Information about getting a valid Bing Maps Key is found in the Accessing the Control Using a Bing Maps Key topic.

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