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Japanese coverage[edit]

Just a note: the coverage of street data for Japan is not "highly-detailed"...actually, it's pretty terrible. Kcumming 20:40, 20 October 2006 (UTC)

Thanks for pointing that out. I just did a more thorough analysis of the Tokyo data and you're right; it has good highway-level data (as it does for many other countries) but lacks street or alley-level data. Windows Live Local does have detailed street-level data for practically all of Taiwan, though. --Coolcaesar 20:57, 21 October 2006 (UTC)

Just checked now and it appears to have reasonably detailed alley-level information one would expect from an ordinary map. It also shows silhouettes of subway stations. —Tokek 12:08, 9 November 2006 (UTC)

Also Directions is showing something strange over whole Japan, so you can say there is no Directions in Japan until your car cant fly over rivers, building and railways to fallow. —Rambalac (talk) 07:42, 22 April 2008 (UTC)

History section[edit]

I'm moving this here:

On December 11, 2006, Microsoft added the ability to view the maps in 3D using an ActiveX control and DirectX.

I think the date is incorrect. Could someone who knows fix this and put this back into the article? Thanks ~ Feureau 11:10, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

The date has been updated. Funny how you posted this (8 November 2006) before the date stated above (December 11, 2006). Pikablu0530 23:19, 5 March 2007 (UTC)

Still a Stub?[edit]

I am of the opinion that there is enough information on this page, such that there is no need to call it a stub anymore. Anyone has any comments regarding this? -- 0612 (talk) 04:20, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

Agree - stub tag should be removed now. Wikiolap 06:05, 10 December 2006 (UTC)

In my opinion there is still not enough history information? Eg. relation of Virtual Earth to Windows Live Local, features of first program versions in comparition to now...

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of the proposal. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the proposal was PAGE MOVED per discussion below. -GTBacchus(talk) 00:30, 11 March 2007 (UTC)


Windows Live LocalWindows Live Maps – I have noticed that Microsoft does NOT refer it to Windows Live Local anymore. Instead, in many official locations, it is now named Windows Live Maps. One example would be the official blog at http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com, where the title is now Windows Live Maps / Virtual Earth, and all recent blog entries are now referring it as Live Maps. Another location is on Windows Live Help, located at http://help.live.com/help.aspx?mkt=en-us&project=wl_local&querytype=keyword&query=qaf, it refers to it as Windows Live Search Maps. Even https://account.live.com/services.aspx?amnv=0 refers to it as Search Maps.

I'd recommend renaming the article to Windows Live Maps and insert a note referencing that it was once called Windows Live Local. Any suggestions? Pikablu0530 10:23, 20 February 2007 (UTC)

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Survey - in support of the move[edit]

  • Support. Microsoft is running banner ads on buses in San Francisco advertising "maps.live.com" as part of "Windows Live." It looks like as if they're moving towards a Maps identity rather than a Local identity. --Coolcaesar 18:47, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Survey - in opposition to the move[edit]

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Advertisement?[edit]

Some portions of the article are written like an advertisement. Dy yol 23:00, 3 March 2007 (UTC)

Monopolistic[edit]

This section reads as incredibly biased against Microsoft and needs amending. SaintedLegion 15:50, 30 July 2007 (UTC)

I removed it entirely. Microsoft does not foist Live Maps on anyone using monopolistic tactics, nor have they done anything anti-competitive against Google. Just competing with Google is not an inherently monopolistic act, and the cited source did not indicate as such. White 720 23:13, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Criticism: IIS logs[edit]

I removed the rest of the criticism section. The remainder seemed to say, "browsing maps on Live Local is not anonymous" because Microsoft captures IP addresses and requests of visitors. Every web server does this and every reputable site includes a privacy policy stating so. Here's Microsoft's. I don't work for Microsoft nor am I paid to remove this crap from Wikipedia on their behalf. Let's be reasonable. White 720 17:15, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

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Compatibility[edit]

The site seems a bit more reasonable compatibility-wise now. Could people using the following browsers check whether following links (e.g. [1]) works?

  • Camino
  • Konqueror
  • Safari
  • Opera
  • IceWeasel
  • Seamonkey

EdC 16:08, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Wouldn't we need to have verifiable sources (e.g. not original research) to ascertain compatibility? It'd be nice if Microsoft posted their actual compatibility on the web site, but in the meantime any original research can't stay in. White 720 23:28, 28 October 2007 (UTC)
Found some references by digging around. EdC 00:19, 30 October 2007 (UTC)
Thanks! Looks much better now. White 720 04:51, 30 October 2007 (UTC)

Dead Links[edit]

All http://local.live.com/ links (References 1-8) appear to be dead. A great pity, as a lot of the satellite images were better than Google (in the UK anyway) and it was so easy to use. I can't work out how to get satellite images with http://intl.local.live.com. Any ideas? MansLaughter (talk) 19:44, 20 November 2007 (UTC)

The official link to Live Search Maps is http://maps.live.com . http://intl.local.live.com is for the prerelease version of Live Search Local - a service that allow users to quickly find information about businesses around their local area, then links you to a map on Live Search Maps. However, the new link for Live Search Local is http://search.live.com/localsearch . See Live Search article for more information. --Pikablu0530 (talk) 22:34, 20 November 2007 (UTC)
http://search.live.com/localsearch produces an error and http://maps.live.com simply re-directs to http://intl.local.live.com, which is hopeless. A rhetorical question: what the hell is Microsoft playing at? Oh well, looks like Google Maps for me. MansLaughter (talk) 13:44, 23 November 2007 (UTC)
Links are OK. Probably your browser isn't supported - that's why your'e being redirected. IE and Firefox works fine, Opera too (after masking as IE or Fx). —Preceding unsigned comment added by 83.24.246.158 (talk) 21:50, 29 November 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, it depends on your user agent in order to let you in. Jason McHuff (talk) 06:09, 12 December 2007 (UTC)

Redirection to Multimap in the UK[edit]

Since today anyone logging in from the UK is directed to multimap.com and has no option to keep on using the Live Maps. I have added a short mention of this as many UK users seem to be puzzled why they no longer can use Live Search. Bigar (talk) 10:02, 11 April 2008 (UTC)

Multimap is owned by Microsoft and says "from Live Search" in the masthead. Must be some kind of rebranding effort. White 720 (talk) 16:39, 11 April 2008 (UTC)
I've updated that section now that the minor debacle has passed. Tophtucker (talk) 23:07, 16 April 2008 (UTC)

URL?[edit]

Up until a moment ago, the infobox listed three URLs: http://maps.live.com, http://local.live.com, and http://virtualearth.com. I just removed the local.live.com one, since Microsoft is no longer using the Windows Live Local branding. But because Virtual Earth remains a big part of the brand, I left that. Just something to think about. Tophtucker (talk) 02:19, 17 April 2008 (UTC)

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Old Aerial Images[edit]

Does anyone have any information on how long this project has been in the works? In Texas, the pictures are about 5 yrs out of date when i look through the 'bird's eye view' —Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.79.9.129 (talk) 19:45, 30 November 2009 (UTC)

About 18 years- the product evolved from MapPoint. Bird's eye imagery has been active for about five years or so and aerial imagery has been live since 1998 on terra server. I think the refresh rate for imagery is 5 years for most of the not major metros.

OpenStreetMap Layer[edit]

Bing Maps now supports OpenStreetMap. They added a layer to their service Source: http://www.bing.com/toolbox/blogs/maps/archive/2010/08/02/bing-maps-adds-open-street-maps-layer.aspx —Preceding unsigned comment added by 91.63.123.240 (talk) 09:38, 9 August 2010 (UTC)

Pixelated Buildings?[edit]

I would like someone to look into why Microsoft tried, unsuccessfully, to remove via pixelation a Birds Eye view of an old GE transformer plant on the edge of Silver Lake in Pittsfield Massachusetts. The image of the facility itself has been obviously removed from 3 out of the 4 views. It is a site of one of the worst PCB pollution events in US history.

Has Microsoft removed other corporate buildings like this and for what reason? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.180.15.82 (talk) 20:27, 10 August 2010 (UTC)

Adding 3D section[edit]

Just as in Apple maps and Google Earth the 3D buildings sections should be added, source for cities : http://www.bing.com/dev/en-us/maps-preview-appGeorgij Michaliutin (talk) 04:53, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Uber acquiring Bing Maps article[edit]

Peaceray (talk) 18:54, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

As the article you linked states it's only a part of Bing Maps so the rest will remain under Microsoft (and as all its data comes mostly from HERE Maps which is now a part of Nokia and will soon go to several German automobile companies data components aren't really essential to the ownership and licensing of the service, well they are just not visibly and legally for consumers so what you linked should be mentioned in the history section, but it's not that Microsoft is actually selling off Bing Maps which has now become a component of Windows and has always been a component of Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Nokia Asha, and various other mobile operating systems owned by Microsoft._).
--Hoang the Hoangest (talk) 07:43, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

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