Bing leaves beta, adds lots of data

Lots of big stuff happening with Bing Maps lately…

Vancouver and Whistler added to StreetSide: Good timing for both of this, with the Winter Olympics getting ready to start.

Two big imagery releases: 274K sq/km on January 5, and another 558K sq/km yesterday.  Even better, yesterday’s release was apparently just part 1 of 2, so more is coming soon.

Bing Maps is no longer “beta”: The Silverlight version of Bing Maps is slowly being rolled out as the default.  It’s starting in the US with just a few people, and slowing rolling out to everyone in the next few weeks.  We talked about this version when it first entered beta, and it’s really quite solid.

Of course, Google has been adding a ton of new stuff lately, and I’ll try to round it all up soon.  In the meantime, just check out the Google Earth Blog to stay updated.