Last year Microsoft and Nokia announced their strategic partnership. One point of this partnership is also their maps.
Bing and Nokia Maps designers have been working hard to offer an unique experience to us. Yesterday, both posted about the result of this work.
The new Maps will be available through web version as well as on Windows Phone.
New color palette for road map style
Bing and Nokia updated both their coloring of the maps, which leads to a more streamlined look. It is now easier to interpret roads on the map, as shown here:
Typography and Visual Hierarchy
With updated fonts, a new structure on labels more based on zoom levels, Bing and Nokia are providing a more clear readability as well as usability. Only information which is necessary and sense-full will be provided. Both learned that to much information creates an overload, which cuts deep into the user experience.
New Bing Maps also on Windows Phone
Also on Windows Phone the changes will be applied. Look at these two shots to compare the old map style and the new one.
Bing Maps has grown mapping coverage to a bunch of new countries, like Egypt, Israel, Malta, Philippines, Uruguay and Venezuela.
It´s good to see another fruit of the strategic partnership between Microsoft and Nokia.