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Silverlight Control End Of Life RRS feed

  • Question

  • Quick Question,

    Does the end of life for Silverlight mean that it will no longer have support or will it no longer be functional?

    Thanks,


    WeDoMapping

    Friday, June 24, 2016 5:35 PM

Answers

  • It won't become completely broken. The only service the Silverlight control connects to other than the map tiles, is the logging service for authentication which is used by all the Bing Maps API's. so that service isn't going anywhere. After the end of life date there will be no notices if things cease to function, that's what the end of life date is for.

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    Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:07 AM
  • It will not longer be supported after the end of life date. Over time some features will cease to function. Primarily the base map tiles will stop working eventually as this control pulls in old pre-rendered map tiles. One solution is to use the Bing Maps Imagery metadata service to retrieve the current tile URL's and use TileLayers instead. This will help extend the life of the Silverlight control, but it will continue to be unsupported. There is a fairly small number of applications still using the Silverlight control and it is very limited in where it can be used. Our newest Bing Maps control (V8) which uses HTML5 is actually faster and supports a lot more data than the Silverlight control.

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    Friday, June 24, 2016 8:16 PM
  • The terms of use don't allow mixing data from other map providers. A solution to extend the life of the Silverlight control has been made available which grabs the latest tile URL's from the Bing Maps REST services. You can find this solution here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgFqp4QkIjUNnaloIU8mRJ1HLQ2amw

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    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:15 PM

All replies

  • It will not longer be supported after the end of life date. Over time some features will cease to function. Primarily the base map tiles will stop working eventually as this control pulls in old pre-rendered map tiles. One solution is to use the Bing Maps Imagery metadata service to retrieve the current tile URL's and use TileLayers instead. This will help extend the life of the Silverlight control, but it will continue to be unsupported. There is a fairly small number of applications still using the Silverlight control and it is very limited in where it can be used. Our newest Bing Maps control (V8) which uses HTML5 is actually faster and supports a lot more data than the Silverlight control.

    [Blog] [twitter] [LinkedIn]

    Friday, June 24, 2016 8:16 PM
  • I currently have a Silverlight Bing Maps application in production with plans to transition away over the next year. If the base tiles stopped working, I could switch to Open Street Map or something, however, the bigger concern is if it becomes completely broken.

    Will there be any notice before any features may cease to function? Or because it is end of line, then there will be no more notifications?

    Thanks.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:25 PM
  • It won't become completely broken. The only service the Silverlight control connects to other than the map tiles, is the logging service for authentication which is used by all the Bing Maps API's. so that service isn't going anywhere. After the end of life date there will be no notices if things cease to function, that's what the end of life date is for.

    [Blog] [twitter] [LinkedIn]


    Thursday, June 30, 2016 2:07 AM
  • Hi Ricky,

    I also have Bing Maps Silverlight control in production.

    Looking at your answer above than the solution of using a different base tile service (Open Street Map or ESRI)will guarantee that my customers will continue to work fine without seeing any issues in the control?  

    Thanks,

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 11:12 AM
  • The terms of use don't allow mixing data from other map providers. A solution to extend the life of the Silverlight control has been made available which grabs the latest tile URL's from the Bing Maps REST services. You can find this solution here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AgFqp4QkIjUNnaloIU8mRJ1HLQ2amw

    [Blog] [twitter] [LinkedIn]

    Tuesday, November 1, 2016 5:15 PM