Recently Microsoft announced that the Bing Maps AJAXv7 and SOAP API were being discontinued. This is because the Bing Maps v8 control has been released with newer/better technology and should be used moving forward. Some of the advantages of the Bing Maps v8 release include better performance and new features like autosuggest for address search, heat maps and other advanced features. You can read more about the Bing Maps v8 release here. Also, here are some recent updates to the Bing Maps v8 API if you are interested.
So what does this mean? Well, the bottom line is that after June 30th 2017 the Bing Maps v7 and SOAP APIs will stop working, and we need to migrate our apps to the newer APIs before then.
- Here is a migration guide from Bing Maps v7 to v8.
- If you are using the Bing Maps AJAXv7 API, then it is a pretty straight forward migration to Bing Maps v8 and will depend on what features and/or extra libraries you are using.
- If you are using the Bing Maps SOAP API, then you will need to move to the Bing Maps REST API.
- If you are using a Bing Maps key or OnTerra's WMS inside a GIS/CAD application, you can ignore this information.
- If you are using Bing Maps Silverlight or AJAX v6.3 APIs, which most people are not, these APIs will be discontinued this year on November 30th 2016.
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