Microsoft announced the release of Power Map Preview for Excel 2013 at the Worldwide Partnet Conference which enables you to create Bings charts in 3D. It also provides an ability to share scenes and tours with other users in your community.
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 Bing Maps Windows Presentation Foundation Control introduces mapping capabilities to WPF via a native control. It includes support for Microsoft Surface, bringing touch features to Bing Maps.
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.