Introduction

From the early days of mapping and road directions on the web to today’s proliferation of ubiquitous maps, location-aware recommendation and social applications, and vertical applications for nearly every sector, the last decade has seen an explosion in location-aware software and services.

We’re excited to share Microsoft’s map-enabling technologies with you. As we show you in Chapter 1, Microsoft is no newcomer to mapping the world; its efforts date back over a decade. Today, Microsoft offers map controls for its leading platforms—Windows Phone, Windows 7, Windows 8, and the Web using HTML and AJAX—as well as enabling geospatial data in its SQL Server and SQL Azure offerings. In addition, the base platform provided by .NET, Windows ...

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