Bing

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Bing is an online search service from Microsoft.

It includes notably the Bing Maps platform (previously 'Microsoft Virtual Earth'), extending the search service with geolocalized data, and hosts a cartographic source including navigatable maps.

Its map is based on proprietary data (collected and distributed now by the HERE division, previously part of Nokia, and now integrated into Microsoft which separated the services for mobile devices and OSes from the geolocalized data and search tools integrated into HERE, but still distributed in a limited form on the Bing search service.

Before the purchase of Nokia, Microsoft already included on top of Nokia's HERE data for creating maps a navigatable layer of aerial imagery of the world and made it available for use on other projects under a free licence.