Google Maps is extremely popular, and part of that is due to its great aerial imagery. The battle for best quality is ongoing, and Microsoft is trying to bridge the gap. Today, the company released updated graphics for the whole of Australia and India.
In total, the new imagery encompasses 10,801,501 square kilometers of land mass. That includes all major cities, as well as suburbs and landscapes.
A particular focus is the two region's historic landmarks. Australians can now view high-res images of the Sydney Opera House, Ayers Rock, and the Great Barrier Reef. India benefits from a better representation of the Taj Mahal, Akshardham temple, and Ambedkar Memorial Park.
Here are some images of those renowned locations:
These new upgrades put Bing Maps far ahead in many of these areas. Though Google often offers more zoom levels, the Bing images are usually sharper, with better colors and contrast. This makes it terrain look better and it's easier to identify key landmarks.
However, this could be part of a larger Bing project to increase the quality. Last week, Microsoft released over 8.5 million kilometers of imagery for Brazil. The pictures cover the shores of Copacabana, as well as Third Bridge in Victoria.
The Bing team is clearly dedicated to addressing weak points across the world, and with hope, the upgrade will only continue. Though image quality is not the most important factor, it will only help with stealing Google's users.
You can find more information about the changes and links to each location on the Bing blog.