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Put Google And Bing Maps Up Against Each Other With DualMaps

Even though Google has a stronghold on search, there are many map services out there that rival the advertising giant's effort to catelogue the entire world.  Bing provides a very similar service to Google Maps, and if you want to compare the two of them side-by-side, DualMaps is definitely the way to go.  This web app goes above and beyond the call of duty for map comparisons.

The site might seem a little complicated for novices, but that shouldn't scare them away from trying it.  If you know the exact coordinates of the map you want to generate, fantastic.  If not, you can click and drag a typical Google Map to show DualMaps where you want to make your map.  The site also has a host of popular topics for you to base your map on, like restaurants and hotels.

The funtionality of DualMaps is superb, with a display that literally takes both sites' results and puts them side-by-side for comparison.  Each map has the full functionality that it would have on its own respective site, making DualMaps a fair judge of both.  The site even gives you an embed code that you can use on your own site or blog to put the comparitive maps on.  It's extremely useful in the sense that both sites feature separate content, and provide emphasis on different businesses.

You might not realize what the difference is between these two map services, but after a quick run with DualMaps, you will.  While Google is the most popular service, Bing can very often pick up sites and businesses that aren't as featured in Google, which is a help.   Try it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Austin Keenan
Innovative Gadgets, Technology and Websites
InventorSpot.com

Comments
Feb 18, 2010
by Anonymous

I don't know you use google map

Bing map is whole lot better. the zooming is extremely smooth. Google is obviously second class.

Feb 19, 2010
by Anonymous

Thanks!

Stefan Weitz here from Bing - thanks for the tip! We're trying to get people to realize that they are doing much more on maps than simply routing from A to B. We call this next generation of experiences "spatial search" as we try to connect the virtual world to your physical world to help you get stuff done. Keep the feedback coming!
Stefan Weitz
Director, Bing

Feb 26, 2010
by Anonymous

Best API of all GIS providers is officially ViaMichelin , Microf

Top mapping tool must be ViaMichelin.

A independent poll carried out by the ISA said

1. ViaMichelin 5 stars
2. Mappy 3stars
3. Microsoft 3stars
4. Yahoo 2stars
5. Map 24 2stars
6. Google 2stars

Poll was based on brand, quality, customisation, accuracy, coverage, support, SLA, price, usability, speed, and 17 other criterias including data quality and algorithms .