Bing users in the UK are getting a handful of improvements for Maps-related searches. In a blog post this week, Microsoft announced a set of handy features related to address and direction queries intended to improve the experience of finding what you're looking for.
Here's a look at what's new:
- Address queries: - Now, when you search an address on Bing.com, a map with the location will appear in the results. Microsoft says the map is "fully dynamic and interactive" on large-screen devices, including laptops and tablets. Alongside addresses, this feature works with cities, counties, and postcodes.
- Business information by address: Address searches will also show what businesses are present at the address.
- Simple map keywords: Using Bing to search for simple keywords like "map" and "maps" will now show a "map answer experience" based on your location. It will also suggest places, businesses, and favorite locations if you're signed in. Searching "aerial maps" serves up the same experience, but with satellite imagery.
- Improvements to directions queries: Now, when searching for directions to a specific place, Bing will include alternative driving routes, along with estimates of the time you'll spend in traffic. A "Search along the route" option will also show you attractions and restaurants on the way to your destination.
- Improvements for latitude and longitude queries: Bing will now show the associated address location and any nearby businesses for latitude and longitude searches.
All of these improvements are available to check out now for Bing users in the UK.