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Microsoft Bing masterclass - top tips & tricks

Use search and maps more efficiently

When it comes to online search engines and maps, there's one name that springs to mind: Google. Whether you're searching for a particular phrase or locating an address using Google Maps, the company has got it all sewn up. Or it did until Microsoft Bing came along.

Microsoft Photosynth

Step 1. Photosynth stitches together digital images to create 3D scenes that can be viewed from all angles. Bing's Photosynth tool lets you view Photosynths in the location you're searching for. Select Photosynth from the Map apps. Photosynthed locations display photo icons with a green bar.

Bing Photosynth step 1

Step 2. Click the icon to view the photosynth. Once you've opened a photosynth, hover your cursor over the image and drag on the arrows to rotate the image. You can also zoom in or out of the image. Select an overhead view that allows you to choose one particular angle or return to the traditional road map.

Bing Photosynth step 2

Step 3. Bing Maps also includes a Twitter map that overlays tweets on the map using geo-location data. Select the Twitter icon from the Map apps, then hover the cursor over the icons on your map to see the user's name and the date and time. Click the icon to read the tweet.

Bing Photosynth step 3

Step 4. The Local Lens app indexes local blogs using clues from within the copy, attempting to lay them over the map in the appropriate location. This feature is currently only available in US cities such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. Likewise, the Current Traffic app doesn't cover the UK yet.

Bing Photosynth step 4

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