Microsoft has announced a major upgrade to the satellite and aerial imagery it has in its Bing Maps. Previously Microsoft had 129 TB total of satellite and aerial imagery. The new update adds an additional 165 TB of aerial high-resolution images.
The images Microsoft is using in Bing Maps are NADIR or straight down orthophotos taken by aircraft or satellite. The new imagery data brings Bing Maps’ covers data to nearly 38,000,000 km². The imagery covers North America, South America, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Asia.
Bing Maps now has 100% areal coverage of the United States. So far the Global Ortho project is 85% acquired and published according to Bing. Full coverage of Europe is expected to be finished by this fall.