Bing Maps switches to TomTom for base map data

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft and TomTom expanded their partnership.
  • The partnership incorporates TomTom's map and traffic data into Microsoft Azure and Bing.
  • As a result of the partnership, Bing maps switches to TomTom for base map data in regions outside of China, Japan, and South Korea.

Microsoft and TomTom are rolling out the results of their expanded partnership which was first announced in February 2019 (opens in new tab). The partnership includes TomTom's map and traffic data being incorporated into Microsoft Azure and Bing and TomTom using Azure as its preferred cloud provider. As a result of the partnership, TomTom provides the base map data for Bing Maps (opens in new tab) in all regions except China, Japan, and South Korea.

The new TomTom base map data started rolling out to Bing.com in March. Today, the Bing Maps platform begins its migration to the new base map data. Microsoft states in a blog post that customers of the Bing Maps Platform will automatically be migrated to the new base map data source. While the base map data source is changing, REST APIs and SDKs that are part of the Bing Maps Platform will continue to work.

When Microsoft and TomTom first announced the partnership, Ander Truelsen, managing director, TomTom Enterprise said,

TomTom is proud of the relationship we've built with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Azure customers access to build location-aware applications and look forward to deepening that relationship as we extend our high-quality location technologies to an even larger audience base. We're excited to be chosen as the location data provider to power mapping services across all of Microsoft, including Bing, Cortana, Windows and many other leading products and the innovations that will come forward in this continued relationship.

The Azure Maps SDK, which uses TomTom services, can collect real-time data, such as parking meter rates and street-specific traffic.

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20 Comments
  • Interesting trend. We could already view Apple maps through DuckDuckGo maps and now TomTom through Bing maps. Hopefully this will give some much needed competition for Google Maps (/and 3rd party variants).
  • What was it using before back in the here days, what are they using? I wish we had something clarifying what is going on with companies and their mapping use... 😅
  • Pretty sure they were using Here Maps, weren't they?
  • yes it was HERE WeGo map data and OpenStreetMaps
  • But HERE was owned by Nokia who got it by buying NavTeq, one of the original GIS data aggregators, along with TeleAtlas, and DeLorme I believe. NavTeq was a major supplier of data for MS's Streets and Trips and MapPoint products. The underlying data is usually sourced from multiple places. What people typically care about is the presentation layer. That thing you actually look at and interface with. Even Google gets data from various sources including TeleAtlas , now a subsidiary of TomTom. That's why sometimes an error appears regardless of whether you are on Google, or Apple or HERE, as the underlying source of the data they all may be using comes from one source.
  • That's helpful thanks.
  • Is there a way to open bing maps in Edge on an Android phone?
  • I never got why bing maps never came to android.
  • Because android, for the most part, has Google maps by default and it's one of/is the the most popular mapping app (at least in the US)
  • Because Google Maps?
  • By that logic, why bother with Microsoft Launcher, office apps, or edge browser? Their Google competitors are all available and widely used on Android.
  • Yes, I am waiting for a maps app from Microsoft with the same offline feature that was in windows mobile. There is no good maps app with decent offline feature for a android.
  • Heard they are working on it
  • looks like no, android force switch the bing maps address to google maps... maybe if you disable scroogle mpas
  • I've noticed this. But didn't think it was 'forced'... just something Bing did.
  • Now would be nice if TomTom devices would swith to windows and use a tomtom/bing maps navigation app with a MS acocunt to sync
  • Does this affect Windows 10 Maps? I'm guessing so, but.... anyone know?
  • From bingmapsportal[dot]com/Announcement "All Bing Maps Platform API’s and services will remain available and continue to function as expected with this change with one exception for early Windows 10 versions." "Special note to customers using Bing Maps in Windows 10 native applications on Windows 10 versions 1607 or older: These Windows 10 versions are beyond their regular lifecycle. Access to map data through the Windows API's in those versions of Windows may see an impact. Please see further details here."
  • What they really need to do is make it so that I can use the Maps app on PC, and sync it with the Google maps on my Android phone. It's such a hassle to not have an app that is common to both platforms, that will allow me to sync my favorite places and such, or plan a trip on the PC and sync it to the phone seamlessly. This is 2020. I shouldn't have to be saying this.
  • I wish too, hope it comes soon