What's New in Bing Spatial Data Services

The Bing Spatial Data Services contains the following new features.

September 2016

The maximum number of points a geography object can have has increased from 2,000 to 100,000.

March 2016

KML and ESRI Shapefiles can now be uploaded as a data source. ESRI Shapefiles are also automatically reprojected to the WGS84 spherical mercator projection for correct placement on Bing Maps.

November 2013

May 2014

The maximum number of jobs that you can run in a 24 hour period is increased from 5 to 50 for non-enterprise accounts. See Geocode and Data Source Limits.

November 2013

Use geographical shapes, such as polygons and line strings, to represent entity locations in your data source data schema

You can now define location as either a geographical area, such as polygon or line string or a single point (latitude and longitude). For more information, see Data Schema and Sample Input and Geography Types.

Note that geographical shapes are only supported when you upload your data source using the Bing Spatial Data Services. You cannot use the Bing Maps Dev Center to upload data sources with a geographical shape type.

Use geographical shapes to query data sources.

You can use the Geography Types to query for data source entities within a custom area defined by geographical shapes using the “intersects” spatial filter function. For more information, see Query by Area. If you want to return the intersection of an entity’s geographical shape with another geographical shape you specify, use the “intersection” function with the $select query option.

Get a list of all public data sources. You can request a list of all publicly available data sources. This includes the Public Data Sources owned and managed by Microsoft as well as any data source that is made public using the Make a Data Source Public API.

Search up to 1000 kilometers when you Query by Area or Query by Property. The previous limit was 400 kilometers. .

June 2013

GeoData API (Preview) gets geographical boundaries. With the Geodata API, you can get boundary data for a variety of geographical entities from a country or region to postal codes by specifying an address or point (latitude and longitude) inside the entity.

May, 2013

Batch geocoding and data source APIs are now available to all users. Previously only available to enterprise users, the Geocode Dataflow API and Data Source Management API are now accessible to any user with a Bing Maps Account. Usage is subject to the Geocode and Data Source Limits.

For earlier releases, see Release History [starting with January, 2013].