Bing launched an updated Bing Maps interface today, which incorporates cool colors and crisp fonts to improve readability and aesthetic details. Key features and benefits of the new experience include:

  • Appearance: Cool colors create a more visually appealing backdrop that helps content ‘pop’ on the map, providing clear differentiation for pushpins, labels and red, yellow and green traffic overlays.
  • New labels: Larger fonts correspond to larger roads, making it easier to identify major streets and throughways. Crisper labels eliminate the need for bolding and less-attractive glows, allowing users to quickly find locations in a relevant format.
  • Improved international coverage: Data updates deliver improved road and street detail across Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Oceania and Asia.
  • Dynamic Labels (beta): This innovative map navigation allows you to quickly zoom to a region or location on the map with just a few clicks, making it easier to identify and explore areas or neighborhoods of a city. Turn on the dynamic labels beta from the map style selector on, and labels become clickable.

Additionally, Bing yesterday launched the OpenStreetMap (OSM) mapping application, allowing customers to layer geographic facts and regional data on Bing Maps. OSM operates similarly to Wikipedia, allowing people to update and enrich missing facts or data.

Check out the Bing blog for additional information about the new Bing Maps experience and OSM mapping application.