Microsoft starts Bing Streetside in Germany

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Microsoft recently announced the availability of Bing Streetside in Germany.

From start there are only a few cities which can be explored with Bing Streetside . They are Augsburg, Berlin, Darmstadt, Düsseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Ingolstadt, Mainz, Munich, Nuremberg, Offenbach am Main, Regensburg, Stuttgart, Wiesbaden and Würzburg.

Here is a short guide to help you use the new feature in Bing maps

In my example we are discovering the airport of Nuremberg, Germany. I love the bird view feature of Bing, so here is where we start:

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Now click on this button above the map image:

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After clicking this button, the map changes with blue lines around the streets. If there is no blue line, the street or place is still not available yet.

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Now the Street-side is loaded into the map view:image

Now you can turn around using the compass like control in the middle of the street. You can navigate around by clicking on a place in the image as well as use the mini map on the right top corner.

Anyway, you need to install Microsoft Silverlight on your PC to use this features.

Remember, there are only a few cities, and the may not be full covered at this moment, so it is more like a Beta. Hopefully Microsoft is updating this service as soon as possible.

I will update this post as soon as there are news for the coverage.



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