There’s a dilemma facing anyone wanting to build a map app on a Microsoft platform: The company currently has two mapping APIs, one that uses Bing, and one that’s built on Azure. They’re very similar, and while Bing Maps has more features, Azure Maps is catching up fast. They use mapping data from different partners, and they have different pricing models. With new partnerships, an enterprise focus, and a growing number of new features, Azure Maps is starting to become a useful option for anyone wanting to add mapping capabilities to a site or service; especially after Google’s recent pricing changes.

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