Microsoft is taking another shot at Google’s Maps supremacy with a public preview of its Bing Maps app for Windows 8.1.
While the company already offers a Maps app, the new preview features high-resolution 3D maps of 70 cities around the world, made up of a grand total of 121 trillion pixels. According to the post to the Bing blog announcing the new app, Microsoft is crunching petabytes of image data in order to create the new experience.
It’s a clear sign that Microsoft is going after mapping efforts by both Google and Apple, which both offer 3D map apps of their own. Given Microsoft’s ongoing “Scroogled” campaign, it seems like the Redmond-based company has its sights squarely set on Google’s current dominance when it comes to mapping.
In addition to the snazzy new 3D views, It’s also possible to use the Bing Maps preview for everything you’d expect from a maps app like searching for businesses, and checking traffic conditions.
To get a hold of the new Bing Maps preview, visit the Windows Store. For a look at what the Bing Maps app can do, check out the video below:
[This story has been updated to correct the number of pixels in Microsoft's 3D map views.]