Can’t argue with 121 terabytes of data!
Bing Maps along with the Windows 8 Map app both just received a major update that saw over 121 TB of satellite and Global Ortho imagery added to it, which is obviously available for free to users of the two services.
Usual imagery updates entail around 10 TB of data, so this one is major update indeed.
This update not just covers Europe, Asia, South America and Africa, but also includes additional coverage in North America and Australia.
The company states in a blog post that the update brings over 15 million square kilometers of new data:
“Our latest release of Global Ortho imagery includes 69 blocks and covers over 800,000 sq km. In total, we have published 10,777,300 square kilometers covering 100% of the United States and 83% of Western Europe! The Global Ortho project is nearing completion with only 4% remaining to be published”.
Bing Maps has also been updated with a Hurricane Sandy app that shows a detailed view of the areas that got hit by the devastating storm in late October. Dedicated controls toggle between pre and post hurricane damages.
“Once weather permitted, Keystone Aerial Surveys, one of our Global Ortho flying partners, acquired over 5,368 sq km of striking high-resolution aerial imagery along the New York and New Jersey coastlines”.
And finally, Microsoft has also added new Europe and US Desktop themes that were available for free Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. The numbers stand at 200 and 175 respectively.