Bing Maps now using Nokia Backend services for Traffic and Geocoding

Last year, Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Nokia in Mapping. Our two companies have spent a lot of time working together, sharing information and investigating better ways provide relevant mapping information to help you find and get to where you’re going more quickly. Today, we’re excited to announce another important phase in that partnership with the launch of Nokia powered traffic results, which are rolling out today in 24 countries on Bing Maps.
The following countries will see improvements through Bing Maps as a result of our use of Nokia services:

· Austria
· Belgium
· Brazil
· Canada
· Finland
· France
· Germany
· Greece
· India
· Indonesia
· Ireland
· Italy
· Luxembourg
· Mexico
· Netherlands
· Poland
· Portugal
· Russia
· Saudi Arabia
· South Africa
· Spain
· Sweden
· Switzerland
· United Kingdom
· US

Works good on the Windows Phone and also on Bing Maps itself! 🙂

Find out more here:

The Hype Machine app for WP7

Brian Tang created an unofficial Windows Phone 7 app for The Hype Machine (

Some screenshots:

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Download it directly via Zune:

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Using Maps to find a location

Having troubles trying to search an address with the Maps application on the Windows Phone?

The documentation on the website is very good and clean, but searching a location doesn’t work if you only have two buttons: “show your location” and “search”. The “search” button just redirects you to Bing search instead of the location search of the Maps application.

In order to get the “get directions” working, make it visible and activate the map search (instead of Bing search) you have to check your Location.

First check your settings:

  1. From Start, flick left to the Applications list, then press Settings.
  2. Go to region & language.
  3. Scroll down to Browser & search language.
  4. Make sure the language is set to English (United States).

Now if you open the Maps application you will see three buttons instead of two and the search button will now not redirect to the regular Bing search.

I hope @JoeBelfiore and @Bing read this. Some people do actually live outside the US, Belgium for example.