Bing Maps has been updated today with several new features and a new look and feel. Most notably in this regard is a new button bar with each button loading a specific feature of Bing Maps.
Microsoft has also added some new colors to Bing Maps but those are the only obvious change to the interface. Among the new features are the option to embed Bing maps on websites allowing website owners or those with posting rights (for example on forums) to post maps that can be customized by location, size and map style.
The performance of Bing Maps was improved in several ways. Microsoft is now serving maps from seven different locations in the world making it faster for the user to access the information requested.
The default Bing Maps homepage has seen a size reduction as well from nearly 700 Kilobytes to less than 500 Kilobytes which should be noticeably by and beneficial to low bandwidth connections.
The full list of changes includes:
Bing Maps is a service over at Microsoft's Bing search engine.
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