Microsoft Wants You to Know
This from Microsoft PR (two different PR folks, actually):
Two New Education-Focused Map Apps: Bing released two new mapping applications as a part of the Our School Needs campaign focused on supporting schools across the U.S. through funding and volunteer efforts.
DonorsChoose.org Map App: Helps people find and support classroom projects in their community. The app identifies and highlights school projects that are looking for funding. People can explore and donate by location, subject area, funding required and other criteria. Schools, school districts and donors can also embed a DonorsChoose Bing Map in their own website making it easy to spread the word.
Bing Education Map App: Helps people find opportunities to help students in their neighborhoods. In addition to features found in the DonorsChoose.org app this app displays local school information and donation, mentor, and volunteer opportunities in the area. The app features opportunities from Mentor Pro, Great Schools, and DonorsChoose.org.
Additions to Bing Transit Map: Now it’s easier for bus and train commuters to find directions with Bing Maps, as bus and rail transit directions are alongside driving and walking directions in Bing Maps. The transit directions will first be available in major U.S. metropolitan areas such as Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles, and will roll out to additional cities in the future. The information in the Bing Transit map is provided by various transportation agencies in major metropolitan regions. Please note, Bing Transit only works on AJAX supported sites.
Windows Phone 7 SDK features Bing and Microsoft Advertising:
Bing Maps: Bing Maps, the default mapping service on Windows Phone 7, is now fully integrated into the Windows Phone 7 Developer Toolkit with the Bing Maps Control SDK, making it simpler for developers to build Bing mobile mapping applications. Like all other Bing Maps APIs, the Windows Phone 7 control is free for use in consumer-facing mobile applications.
Mobile ad exchange: Microsoft Advertising launched the Mobile Advertising SDK for Windows Phone 7 and Microsoft Advertising Exchange for Mobile, the industry’s first real-time, bidded ad exchange in mobile. Designed to enable display ad serving for Windows Phone 7 apps so that developers can develop ad-supported apps, the mobile ad exchange will let multiple ad networks bid on mobile inventory at the exact moment an ad impression is served, increasing yield and reducing waste. Ad networks participating in the exchange platform include Millennial Media, Where, InMobi and MobClix.