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Getting Started with Bing Maps


To start developing with Bing Maps, choose the API(s) that is most appropriate for your platform and needs.

Simple non-API Bing Maps options: If you are looking for HTML or a URL to embed a map in your website, or if you want to open up the Windows 8 map app from your Windows Store app, check out the Simple non-API Bing Maps options.

Developer APIs

The Bing Maps Platform offers a suite of controls and service APIs that you can use to add Bing Maps or geospatial services to your application.

Choose Your API: For a breakdown of the API by feature and platform, see Choose Your API on the Bing Maps Platform website.

Bing Maps Keys: All APIs require a Bing Maps Key. For information about the different types of keys, see Create a Bing Maps Key.

Licensing: If you know the details of your application, use the Help Me Decide tool to get a recommendation for your application.

Additional Resources: For developer guides, blogs and other resources, check out Bing Maps Resources.

Bing Maps APIs

Bing Maps AJAX Control, Version 7.0

The Bing Maps AJAX Control, Version 7.0 is the latest Bing Maps Java Script API. Combine the AJAX map control with the Bing Maps REST Services and the Bing Spatial Data Services to create powerful Web sites and mobile applications with the latest imagery and location functionality. An interactive SDK for Bing Maps AJAX Control 7.0 is at http://www.bing.com/dev/maps/isdk/ajaxv7.

Bing Maps for Windows Store apps

The Bing Maps for Windows Store apps incorporates the latest road maps, aerial views, and low-angle high-resolution images into Windows Store apps.

Bing Maps REST Services

The Bing Maps REST Services uses REST URLs to perform tasks such as creating a map with pushpins, geocoding an address, retrieving imagery metadata or calculating a route.

Bing Spatial Data Services

The Bing Spatial Data Services uses REST URLs to geocode and reverse-geocode large sets of spatial data and to create and query data sources. A data source contains sets of data for a user-defined entity type that has a spatial component. For example you can create a data source for a set of stores and then query this data source to find stores near a location.

Bing Maps WPF Control

The Bing Maps WPF Control SDK lets developers integrate Bing Maps into rich Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) applications. Using a software + services approach, the Bing Maps WPF Control retrieves the latest Bing Maps imagery for your WPF application using Bing’s cloud-based architecture. The Bing Maps WPF Control SDK also supports Microsoft Surface touch interface for creating rich touch-enabled applications.

To start using the Bing Maps WPF Control, download the Bing Maps Windows Presentation Foundation Control SDK.

Simple non-API Bing Maps options

If you simply want to embed a map (static or interactive) on a web page or open the Windows 8 Map app from your Windows Store app, and do not require continuous control of the mapping experience, you may be interested in the following options.

Embed a map in your web page (static or interactive)

Option 1: Go to http://www.bing.com/maps, create the map you want, and then click Share. If you want control over basic parameters like size and imagery, click Customize and preview. This option will provide you with HTML that you can embed into your web page.

Option 2: Create a Custom Map URL. You can create a URL that opens Bing Maps with customizations provided by you. In addition to normal map features, you can also display search results. You do not need a Bing Maps Key for this option.

Option 3: Get a Static Map. With this option, you can create a URL that displays a static map. You can specify parameters that specify the imagery, define pushpins, display a route and control other map features. You will need a Bing Maps Key to use this option.

Open the Windows 8 Map app from your Windows 8 Store app

Create a URL using the schema defined in URI Schema for maps application. You do not need a Bing Maps Key to use this schema.

News and Resources

To keep up to date with the latest Bing Maps news, read the Bing Dev Center Blog. For help from the Bing Maps community, use the Bing Maps Forums.

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