Microsoft began day 1 of Build 2013 with their familiar booming electronic fanfare. InfoQ is covering the conference live and has first impressions of the keynote's highlights. Some interesting new features for Windows 8.1, VS2013, and Bing are covered.
The new version of the Bing AJAX Map Control version 7 is one third the size of the previous version, a huge win for web sites that cater to mobile device users. Controls have been reduced in size and given HTML 5 support. There have also been performance improvements for multiple-point rendering.