Microsoft’s mapping service Bing Maps has announced a change in its base map data source. The Bing Maps Platform, which is typically powered by multiple data providers, will now get its base map data from TomTom for all the regions across the world save China, Japan, and South Korea.
This switch to TomTom is not entirely surprising because Microsoft has been collaborating closely with the Dutch mapping company since early last year. In February 2019, Microsoft announced that TomTom’s location-based services will be utilized across Microsoft technologies for a multitude of mapping scenarios across Microsoft Azure, Bing Maps, and Cortana. TomTom, on its part, was going to use Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider.
In continuation to that, a couple of months ago, Microsoft started rolling out the new TomTom base map data to Bing.com users and Microsoft first-party products. And now, the migration period for the Bing Maps Platform has started.
All Bing Maps Platform customers will be automatically migrated to the new base map data source over the coming months. However, even as this change takes place, REST APIs and SDKs that are part of the Bing Maps Platform will continue to remain available.
“This deep partnership with TomTom is very different from anything Microsoft has done in maps before,” Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager of Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles, had said during the partnership announcement last year.
Anders Truelsen, Managing Director, TomTom Enterprise had added, “TomTom is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Azure customers access to build location-aware applications and look forward to deepening that relationship as we extend our high-quality location technologies to an even larger audience base. We’re excited to be chosen as the location data provider to power mapping services across all of Microsoft, including Bing, Cortana, Windows and many other leading products and the innovations that will come forward in this continued relationship.”