SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft's Bing service has added "Venues" such as shopping malls to its European mapping package today so that retail stores and nearby facilities can be located and directed to.
Offered through Microsoft's partnership with Nokia, the service adds venue coverage for locations such as airports, convention centres, museums, parks, racecourses, racetracks and stadiums.
The feature will also find the closest services and facilities like toilets, food outlets and cash machines in these venues, and users will be able to browse their directories if they wish.
The new Venues feature is available through Bing Maps from today and can be viewed by zooming into and hovering over a venue on a map, which will then enter you into the "experience". The image above presents an example of what the Westfield shopping centre in London looks like.
On Tuesday, Microsoftt added a massive 165TB of new imagery to its Bing Maps service, which it said was "the largest satellite release to date" for Bing, Microsoft said in a blog post.
The release was larger than all of its past aerial photography releases combined and featured nearly 38 million square kilometres of imagery across North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia. µ