SharePoint 2010 Google Maps Web Part now Free!

In a fit of community spiritness, I’ve decided to share my Google Maps Web Part, complete with source on CodePlex.

Example of joelblogs.co.uk Google Map Web Part

If you want a Sandbox Solution or a Farm Solution with a simple way of placing a Google Map onto a Web Part page, this is for you.

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New Microsoft Bing Search Service with Embeddable Virtual Earth Maps

I’m a massive fan of the new “Bing” search service from Microsoft newly release this month. It seems we now have a suitable competitor to Google’s offerings.

Microsoft Bing Search

Firstly, web search seems to have come of age. The results feel a lot more relevant and snappy than previous incarnations. However, the big “wow” for me is the new mapping tool – a gestalt based on Multimap and Virtual Earth. If you want to start using these on your own web pages, it’s almost trivially easy. To embed a Bing map on your web page, simply:

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