Microsoft has piled on another 215 terabytes of high-resolution imagery to Bing Maps, less than a month after it dished out to the service.
Users will see updated high-resolution content across the U.S., and areas of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Tokyo when viewing through the "Bird's Eye" looking-glass.
Bird's Eye imagery is collected at a 45-degree angle from low-flying aircraft, not from satellites, and offers greater depth and higher-resolution imagery of cities and major landmarks. Such imagery is available in most regions around the world, but focuses on the U.S., Canada and major European cities, such as London and Paris.
In total, Microsoft said the new imagery consists of 230,000 square kilometers and consists of more than 1.1 million additional files uploaded to Bing's servers.
Mapping is still a hotly contested area. While Bing maintains its focus on Bird's Eye imagery, Google continues to take pictures at street-level for its Street View service, despite a handful of privacy-related controversies.
Meanwhile Apple announced at its WWDC 2012 developer conference in June that it will bump Google from the iOS 6 lineup in favor of, featuring 3D imagery provided by C3 Technology, which the company acquired in October.
reading•Bing Maps updated with high-resolution imagery
Oct 20•Apple gets sued over Animoji trademark
Oct 20•iPhone 8 Plus and 7 Plus photos: What's the difference?
Oct 20•iPhone 8 Plus vs. 7 Plus: How much better is the new camera?
Oct 20•The Mac Mini has been waiting 3 long years for an update (Apple Byte Extra Crunchy, Ep.106)