You can now get your direction via Bing Maps with Microsoft’s launch of Bing Maps Preview for Windows 8.1 a few hours ago.
Microsoft says the app is built “from the ground up for clarity, detail and scale.” The preview starts with a focused list of over 70 cities from around the world, but the company says this is to ensure it has “the highest quality imagery possible” and support for more cities is coming.
Most importantly, because the Bing Maps Preview was built for Windows 8.1, Microsoft says it “works well” on both touch and desktop devices. It also takes advantage of Windows-specific features like Snapview, notifications, and live tiles.
The company says it has an automated pipeline capable of pushing pixels from a plane to the app “in a matter of weeks.” So far, the system has already processed over 121 trillion pixels to build the current 3D environment.
When you click on an item, you will see a fly-out containing address details and the option to switch to Streetside viewing mode in selected areas. The company has also added a dynamic “bubble view” that lets you see a bubble preview of the Streetside view while still maintaining a broad perspective of where you are.
Through this app one can ee the traffic situation in real-time on the start screen; it can also include actions like Skype call or booking a table through OpenTable.
It is still not clear which places in the world the app can support.