Microsoft today announced a new set of experiences that will help Bing users make decisions and get more done faster.

First, we're releasing the beta version of a new Bing Maps experience that incorporates Streetside and Photosynth imagery to deliver an engaging mapping experience as customers change views, levels, or interact with the site.  The new Bing Maps experience also features innovative new mapping applications such as Twitter Maps for real-time updates by area and Local Lens featuring hyperlocal, neighborhood content. You can explore the new features yourself at bing.com/maps/explore or, for a guided tour of the new features, check out this video with Blaise Agüera y Arcas, Chief Architect, Bing Maps.

In addition to the new mapping experience, we’re announcing a number of other new features rolling out over the next few days, including:

  • A new Bing Windows mobile application featuring improved auto-locate and voice search, available for download at http://www.discoverbing.com/mobile.
  • The new Bing toolbar which flags online content and alerts you when you’re about to make a purchase that qualifies for Bing cashback savings.  Now available for download at http://www.discoverbing.com/toolbar.
  • A social network Visual Search experience -- by integrating Facebook and Twitter feeds, Bing Visual Search allows you to quickly find your status updates of your friends and followers, sort by upcoming birthdays and more.  Coming soon at http://www.bing.com/visualsearch.

For more information about the new Bing features, check out the Bing blog and for a more in-depth look, visit www.behindbing.com.