Bing Maps has 11 new 3D cities to explore
News|24 November 2021
The Microsoft Maps team partners with world builders from the video game industry to create experiences like Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020.
Microsoft takes petabytes of high-definition aerial imagery from specialised cameras and feeds them into a specialised Azure pipeline to automatically create detailed, fully textured, 3D models. This rich 3D data is used to power multiple applications which let you experience our planet from your device. Touch the map, and instead of looking straight down from above, tilt it, tap it or spin it to immerse yourself and experience the world in new ways.
The powerful mapping engine built into Windows does more than just display the detailed 3D models. Microsoft’s Map controls leverage their global database of mapping information to overlay street labels and place markers that dynamically adapt the 3D map to your vantage point. You can interact with the map to get additional information about a place, see what the view might be from a hotel window, or just browse the world as a virtual tourist.
You can now explore 360-degree views of these new cities:
France: Chateau De Chambourd and Port Vendres
Germany: Bielefeld and Braunschweig
Italy: Cittadella and Paestum
New Zealand: Christchurch
Portugal: Cascais and Coimbra
To visit the 3D cities from your desktop:
1. Open the Windows Map application
2. Click on the “3D cities” list found under the “…” menu in the upper right
3. You can also type any location name in the search dialog to find interesting places
4. Set the view to “Aerial”, zoom in and press the “tilt” icon to put the city at a 3D viewing angle
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