On Monday, Microsoft released an update for Bing Maps, adding access to 35,000 traffic cameras in 11 countries.
"Here at Bing Maps we know the value of traffic information, however, there is something to be said about being able to see the current road conditions. We are proud to announce that you can now view more than 35,000 traffic cameras across 11 countries in Bing Maps," said the Bing Maps team on the official Bing blog. This feature is available in the Traffic layer on Bing Maps, where users can zoom in on major roads to spot cameras along their route. Cameras can then be selected to view a live feed, or several cameras can be viewed side-by-side. Bing will also save the "Recently viewed cameras" automatically. The new traffic camera feature works well alongside the existing live traffic data already available on Bing Maps.
In other Bing news, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Rik van der Kooi said that Microsoft is "all in on search." He said, "Some doubted our commitment [but] we've built a business that's on the path to success. We're all in." Integration with new products, partnerships, and Windows phones are the three main ways Bing looks to grow on mobile. Cortana is also a major part of Bing's growth strategy, as it uses Bing by default. "Speech recognition is going to transform how we search," said van der Kooi. "If we make it useful, people will want that app wherever they go." Microsoft has already released Cortana for iOS and Android, as well as Windows 10.
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