Microsoft launched a new version of its Bing Maps street side view on Tuesday.
The company has now integrated Microsoft Research’s Street Slide project into Bing Maps. Street Slide allows users to simply slide along street level imagery, sideways. “The view of the sidewalk is seamlessly constructed including an overlay of business listings, street names and store fronts,” says Microsoft’s Chris Pendleton.
The technology makes it easier to navigate between store fronts and streets. “This new style keeps the immersive experience but adds smooth left/right panning navigation that makes it easy to find what’s nearby more quickly,” says Pendleton. “The street flows by as a series of smooth ground-level photographs so now you simply pan up and down the street to see the neighborhood and find what you are looking for.”