The Bing Map App Gallery is about to become a much busier place. Microsoft announced this morning that it’s releasing the Bing Map App SDK so private developers can start making applications of their own to contribute.
This is potentially a very big deal for developers. Bing is free to use, after all, and everyone with an Internet connection can access it. The traditional smartphone market isn’t so open, so this could lead to much greater exposure.
As for how to get started, a post on the Bing Maps Blog explained, “To access the Bing Map App SDK, login to Microsoft Connect at http://connect.microsoft.com/bingmapapps (you’ll need a Live ID, so make sure you have one). Download the SDK which comes with a Bing Map App template and start cranking away on your project in Visual Studio . . .”
Then, “Once you’ve created your application, you can test it on the site itself. That’s right! The developer sandbox is the actual site. You simply need to go to http://www.bing.com/maps/explore/?developer=1&preview=1, click the map apps button and you’ll unlock our secret map app test too.”
Good luck creating map apps that catch on.