Bing introduces Venue Maps for malls and airports in India

Bing Venue Maps

Microsoft has announced today that Bing users in India can now use Venue Maps to easily navigate malls across the country.

Venue maps provide an easy way of seeing the layout of a venue like a mall or an amusement park. Currently, Bing Maps provides maps and level wise layouts of over 5,300 venues across the world.

The service displays interior and exterior maps as a layer on top of Bing Maps, complete with store names and precise location data. The venue map data is provided from the Nokia Maps application as well as via Bing searches for public information such as maps which a mall may place on its website.

As you view the mall on your map, the venue map will automatically be displayed. If the mall has multiple levels, a menu bar should appear in the upper left corner of the map to allow you to change which level is displayed.

In India, Bing Venue Maps allows consumers to search 120 malls across Hyderabad, Delhi NCR, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jaipur, Chennai, Kolkata, and other India cities as well as airports in three cities - Bengaluru, Mumbai, and Delhi.

Also, several extra features have been added to Bing Search on Windows Phones. Consumers searching for local destinations on their Windows Phones will automatically be provided with directions on how to reach that destination, with an option for audio drive directions.

Last year, Nokia’s HERE division had launched venue mapping facility for over 20 cities in India and earlier this year, Google too launched indoor maps for malls across 22 cities in India.



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TJWINS says:

I'm moving to India LOL

tkdmacgeek says:

Al qaeda might too

pankaj981 says:

What has al-whatever to do with this?

tkdmacgeek says:

They could use this app to recon the area for possible attacks

Sarang68 says:

Go ahead. Encourage them. Give them some more motivation. That's all we need right now.

Wam1q says:

Al Qaeda won't be interested in WP in the first place.

TJWINS says:

Al Qaeda works in Muslim dominated countries so they wont go to India. Al Qaeda also needs BBM for encryption so they have no interest in Windows Phone. And lastly that was a stupid comment period.

tkdmacgeek says:

Dumb comment? You're talking about BBM lol

TJWINS says:

BBM is encrypted and can't be intercepted. Terrorists are known to use it for communication. Regardless BBM is still superior to any messaging apps on WP so don't laugh.

Tips_y says:

Didn't John Chen say that BBM will be in WP by June?

Also: "It was revealed as a part of the 2013 mass surveillance disclosures that the American and British intelligence agencies, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) respectively, have access to the user data in BlackBerrys. The agencies are able to read almost all smartphone information, including SMS, location, emails, and notes" - From Wikipedia on Blackberry. I'm sure there are other security agencies around the globe that can access BBM.

zaidgkhan says:

Al Qaeda never existed, media created them..

Rockartisten says:

Drink that War on Terror kool-aid. Al CIAda!

jubbing says:

Probably the dumbest comment I've read on this site, and there's been quite a few. Also he's trolling so meh

Mohit Jain4 says:

Well al qaida is a bunch of illiterates who uses nokia 3110 , so using these maps is not a possibility for them :D:D:D

coolbreeze78 says:

Well, that escalated quickly. Politics found an app update post. Fascinating.

FunGuy13 says:

You're not a very bright bulb...this site isn't for you...

I3unny says:

You are most welcome in India!! :)

tkdmacgeek says:

Indian people are so nice. Just sad that the terrorists are plotting to attack them. Mainly the Pakistani Taliban.

TJWINS says:

Some of my favorite friends are Indian. They are really great people.

WP8_Lover says:

I hope you weren't being sarcastic. Because, this' the first time that I see some foreigner on the internet who says he likes Indians :o  lol 

TJWINS says:

Lol I do love Indian people because they are always polite and always provide intelligent conversation.

WP8_Lover says:

What do you think of our accent? :P Just curious.

TJWINS says:

LOL. It sounds intelligent.

Kavanpatel94 says:

Thanks for comment about indian people...we are able to fight terrorist and we will be free from terrorism in short time...

Oh god even smaller non-metro cities like Amritsar and ludhiana ??? This is the first time these cities are getting some love..
(Amritsar does have 3 very nice and huge malls, and many under construction, and many smaller malls, but i never expected this)

What about Chandigarh/Mohali & Hoshiarpur? Does this work in these cities.

But no support for "The great India place" mall (4th largest in India) here in Noida... :(

wpgeek820 says:

Sorry for hijacking the comment but someone help me out please. I was able to use venue maps on my phone and then I updated maps. Now it's gone! I can't use venue maps anymore :(

How exactly do you use venue maps ? In here maps ? Or what ?

riteshpande says:

I'm also not able to use venue maps

wpgeek820 says:

No, Bing maps. It was working fine until I updated it. Is there any setting I need to change?

I just tried it. I can use them in my here maps app. I just zoom into the mall and tap on it, and it displays the stores etc. I think you need a better internet, as these maps wouldn't have been downloaded, or else, try updating the maps.
Anyway, too sad to see that in Amritsar, they just added venue map of the smallest mall here, the first and second largest mall of Punjab, they both didn't get any love, they didn't get the venue map. But a much smaller mall got the maps. I think maps make more sense for bigger malls, and the two malls which missed it, they're the biggest malls in Punjab.

wpgeek820 says:

This worked for me in HERE maps. Its just with Bing. Also this problem occured AFTER I updated the app. It was working fine before.

I dont use bing maps. Its disabled by default and even when i tried to use it with that shortcut app, it was utterly useless. HERE is much better.

Zeroplanetz says:

India seems to be growing well with windows phone. If only the US would take notice.

Rehan Saleem says:

I was like readin Bing introduces venue maps for...( Yeah rite...US for sure)...in India..- Holy Fuckin Shit!!-... This is takin India for a spin.

shaurya negi says:

Now next Bing rewards in India! :)

blackhawk556 says:

Bing rewards for the US for some people now. :)

toxic zombie says:

I have so many points in Bing rewards but can't redeem as its US only :/

blackhawk556 says:

How many if you don't mind me asking? I only have 1,600 :-/

I once made a bing rewards account via the proxy trick. Collected 250 or so for that $3 gift card for windows phone store. Bought it. Got a mail 10 minutes later that my order has been cancelled (while i was expecting the gift card number to come via mail) and my bing rewards account also got disabled. Seems MS is clever :)) never tried after that.

Haha you are expecting too much buddy

When does the love for the US launch?!

powerd says:

Bing rewards for India please :D though we can get them if we change the region to usa ;)

No you cant. Read my comment a little above yours.

powerd says:

I have successfully used them without any problems whatsoever

Hey please reply to the message i sent via primate messaging. Thanks !

Judas20 says:

"primate messaging" Monkeys suck at delivering messages they get lost all the time, you should try using a pigeon next time

Lol ! Ok i sent powerd a pigeon ! :)) powerd please respond !

Abdal says:

Ariel and satellite view of maps had been turned into pixelated. Before updating maps last time. Satellite view was great. Anybody else knows what has happened.

Tips_y says:

So what happend because it's not pixelated in mine!

nez99 says:

India and china getting lots of love this is good to see!

Great. Best partis, it will include all the major cities and followed with other cities with update. Please launch soon.

Ashhar Hasan says:

Finally MS paying attention to India! I'm happy. Cortana shouldn't be far behind.

brunoland says:

This is basicly Nokia work from here maps, MS is just putting Nokia works on their barnded Bing. So that is why is in India first.

rodneyej says:

India- WP Land...

Aman2901 says:

Come celebrate ur BD here in India..

rodneyej says:

Lol!! I would love to,, but I'm afraid y'all wouldn't let me come back❕❕

Aman2901 says:

cause ur such a nice person..


WittVikki says:

Yet majority are Android users

rodneyej says:

No, I'm quite sure it's WP land...

waynejk says:

Not just for malls, it's great for airports and museums too. (In the US anyway).

lum5 says:

Great...but some more cities is missing :sad:

toxic zombie says:

So finally Microsoft showing some Bing love for India

Excellent. Improvements to Bing means Cortana coming closer!

Aashish13 says:

Yeah u can say that Cortana excels when bing excels

blueballet says:

Nice bring that to the US that would make people buy WP instead of Android, and iPhone. P.s. Apple's map is a fail.

Mystictrust says:

It is already in the US, well, if you're using HERE Maps app anyway. Been here for awhile now. It works for all the malls in my city, different floors and all.

It might be in the regular maps app in India, but consider a large majority of people own a Nokia, a large majority of people in the US with a Windows Phone already have access to this.

crav4speed says:

In WP8.1, Bing maps now has venue and mall maps and even 3D buildings. The backend mapping service is Here maps. I have deleted the Nokia maps app since it is the same maps now anyway.

You use to be able to get mall maps from local Bing searches with Windows phone 7, and then that became just another feature that we lost.

avigyan says:

I don't understand how to get this. Is it in the default Maps installed in the app list? I searched for a mall and got it but no Venue map appeared there.

ktl88 says:

You need to use the default maps app on your phone.
But I to tried searching for Express Avenue mall venue maps and couldn't get it.

jrod2328 says:

Off topic, but does anyone know what kind of case that is? Looks pretty cool on the phone. I've been looking for something similar for my 920.

This is great. I need bing rewards and other features which we don't have too. Yeah I know I'm greedy. XD

wpn00b says:

This prompted me to go into Bing Maps and update the local business I'm visiting tonight. They had the old place that's been closed for several months now. If you click on the business listing and scroll down there is a feedback button. Lets make this the best platform around.

anubhav756 says:

how to sync favourite places from here maps to bing maps??

lum5 says:

Missed the largest mall in India lulu mall ...not available for cochin :puke:

You ain't alone, "The great India place" is the 4th largest mall in India (situated here in Noida) and I'm surprised to see its not working for it too...

the map in the pic is a US map

neonspark says:

1) get rid of that battery hog Here maps.

2) give me voice nav on bing maps.

3) for the love of the map gods of the world, invest on your data MSFT. you lack even basic things like big retail stores while google even finds local cofeeshops thanks to their crowdsourcing.

wpn00b says:

Hi neonspark. I wrote a post a little further up regarding feedback. You are able to send them info through the maps app to update map data.

neonspark says:

Good find. Still, this feels like a it needs improvement. I would gladly add some of the hiking trails I go to, and new places bing doesn't know about it. They need a UI for it right on the phone for this. We're all waking around with portable computers with a GPS device so there is no reason it needs to be such a disjoint experience. Just like with wikipedia, MSFT should leverage people...maybe even just join the open streets map project and crowsource its way over google.

onysi says:

We could use this here in the US.

I want this in Canada as none of the local malls are producing windows phone apps yet.

WittVikki says:

Finally some Bing services outside USA