Last week we launched the Bing Maps AJAX Control version 7.0. I believe that this is a really exciting release with better performance and great new features. However, this is a complete re-design with breaking changes. Therefore it is not possible to upgrade from previous releases by just changing the version number in the JavaScript reference. Over the next days I will post a series of articles that walk you through the most frequently used features but first let’s have a look at what’s new.

After a quick overview on the new features in the Bing Maps AJAX Control v7 as well as a look at loading the map and displaying localized labels we are now moving on to the various options to add your own data. As before we will compare version 6.3 and version 7 and you will find live examples with source code on my Windows Azure site.