Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps available
Last Wednesday, February 29, our friends over in the Windows division proudly unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview release to the world. Today, we are excited to announce a beta of the new Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps, which provides a set of controls to help you integrate mapping into your Windows Metro style apps.
Building apps using C#, C++, or Visual Basic
For those of you who prefer to code in C#, C++, or Visual Basic and build your UI in XAML, we’re excited to share the first beta release of our native map control as part of this SDK. This new control is written in C++, but is designed to be consumed by any native or managed Metro style app (written in C#, C++, or Visual Basic). One of the unique features of this control is its client vector rendering capability and full hardware acceleration—our ‘road’ map style (which for this beta release is US only, and does not use the new unified map style) is rendered completely on the client, providing for smaller network data downloads and improved rendering performance compared to tile-based modes. In addition to road, this beta release also provides support for our Aerial and Bird’s eye imagery, as well as a traffic overlay. Because we’ve designed it for use with XAML, you can also overlay and position any custom XAML element over the map to enable all sorts of rich visualizations. You can learn more about development with this control at Bing Maps for Metro style apps (Beta).
Updated Licensing Terms
To help you get started with this new SDK, we’re providing a handful of samples on the MSDN Code Gallery. The documentation is available online, and you can download the Bing Maps SDK for Metro style apps (Beta) from the Visual Studio Gallery, or directly from within the Extension Manager of Visual Studio 11.
As this is a beta release, you’re likely to hit issues, have feature requests, or want to provide general feedback—we want to hear it all! Please use the Bing Maps Forum on MSDN to let us know what’s working, what isn’t, and how we can improve your mapping development experience for Metro style apps.