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Service Announcement: Bing Maps AJAX 6.3, Silverlight, and iOS Control Deprecation‏

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got this email from Bing :

 

Thank you for being a Bing Maps customer.

 

As we review our portfolio of Bing Maps controls, we are working to focus on controls and experiences that see the greatest customer use, both now and in the future.

 

We’ve increasingly seen customers create consistent mapping experiences across their cross-platform applications by using web-based controls both within websites and hosted in native apps. To support this trend, we are increasing our focus on providing market-leading web solutions. For example, we have enhanced the Bing Maps AJAX Control to add support for high DPI devices, perform better across a wider range of devices, and expand international support.

 

As customers move forward in adopting modern web controls, we are announcing an end date of support for the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 6.3, the Bing Maps Silverlight Control for Websites, and the Bing Maps iOS Control.

 

End-of-life dates

 

    Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 6.3 – support and functionality ends November 30, 2016

    Bing Maps Silverlight Control – support and functionality ends November 30, 2016

    Bing Maps iOS Control – support and functionality ends November 30, 2015

 

Migration plans

 

For customers who are using the existing controls (i.e. Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 6.3, Bing Maps Silverlight Control, and Bing Maps iOS Control.), we recommend considering our updated web-based Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7 as a replacement. Migration information for all three controls is available at http://www.microsoft.com/maps/discon-control-migrat-guide.aspx.

 

Below are a few recommendations and resources:

 

    For existing apps that use the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 6.3 or the Bing Maps Silverlight Control, we recommend the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7. A guide outlining the differences between the two versions of the Bing Maps AJAX Control is available on the TechNet Wiki.

    For the Bing Maps iOS Control, one option is to host the Bing Maps AJAX Control Version 7 inside a web view on that platform. A blog post describing this option is available on the Bing Maps blog.

Thank you,

The Bing Maps Team

Microsoft Corporation

 

 

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