Why I won't be developing with Bing Maps.... RRS feed

  • Question

  • So, I recently found out that because I've used up my 3 keys for Bing Maps while learning how to use it, I will have to now register as an enterprise (laughable) once my current key expires. Considering how stringently Microsoft is controlling this, I will not be wasting anymore of my time attempting to learn how to use Bing Maps and will choose another technology, perhaps Google.

    Or is there something I'm missing?

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 11:23 PM


  • Not sure how you came to this conclusion. Each non-Enterprise account can create up to 3 keys. You should be creating basic keys which never expire and are meant for development purposes. If your keys are expiring then you are using trial keys which are clearly stated in a number of places to expire after 90 days. If you used up all your keys as trial keys then what you can do to get around this issue is create a Hotmail address and update the account to use this new Hotmail address as documented here:

    Then once you do that your existing email account will be freed up and you can create a new account and use basic keys. Here is a good document on creating keys:

    Note that the free terms of use for Bing Maps are as follows (

    Windows Store & Mobile Apps:

    • 50,000 transactions free per day
    • Must be a publically accessible app
    • Can be free or paid for app


    • 125,000 transactions a year free
    • Must be a publically accessible site such that anyone can access it, even if a login exists as long as anyone can login.

    Comparing this to Google's Free terms of use:

    • 2,500 transactions free per day
    • Must be a publically accessible app
    • Can be free app, but not a paid for app
    Note that any internal or asset tracking applications on either platform always require an enterprise license regardless of the number of transactions generated.

    Wednesday, June 5, 2013 9:04 AM