Microsoft's Bing tries to leapfrog Google Maps

The company is previewing a new version of Bing Maps that uses Silverlight to provide better graphics

  • The new Bing Maps that went into beta Wednesday includes a new "urban view" that's made up of 3D-like images.

  • Microsoft has launched a new Streetside view in Bing Maps, which will be a rival to Google's Street View.

  • Microsoft released a beta version of its new Bing Maps service Wednesday that uses its Silverlight technology to give a better user interface.

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