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  • My question is what will happen to apps/sites using v7 of Bing Maps SOAP WS's after June 30th 2017 (the date they are set to be retired)? Will they actually stop working altogether or will they continue to work but not be supported/updated? 

    Similarly, what will happen when Bing Maps v6.3 reaches end of life on November 30th 2016?

    Thanks.

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 3:20 PM

Answers

  • There is no firm dates yet for when these controls will be turned off yet. The following is what will likely happen.

    After November 2016:

    • V6.3 will likely continue to work after this date for a while but will be unsupported. Eventually it will be turned off without notice (as it is unsupported). V6.3 was replaced by V7 5 years ago and there is a small number of users still on this map control.

    After June 2017:

    • The Bing Maps V7 map script will likely be redirected to point to the V8 map script as V8 is about 90% backwards compatible, so many simple apps will continue to work without any issues. More complicated apps may find some features have breaking changes. The most notable being that the way infoboxes are added to the map has changed.
    • The SOAP services will likely be turned off. There is a very small number of users on them and it is a very old service which was replaced by the REST services over 6 years ago.


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    • Proposed as answer by Ricky_Brundritt Wednesday, August 3, 2016 4:08 PM
    • Marked as answer by JesseWien Thursday, August 4, 2016 7:03 PM
    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 4:08 PM

All replies

  • There is no firm dates yet for when these controls will be turned off yet. The following is what will likely happen.

    After November 2016:

    • V6.3 will likely continue to work after this date for a while but will be unsupported. Eventually it will be turned off without notice (as it is unsupported). V6.3 was replaced by V7 5 years ago and there is a small number of users still on this map control.

    After June 2017:

    • The Bing Maps V7 map script will likely be redirected to point to the V8 map script as V8 is about 90% backwards compatible, so many simple apps will continue to work without any issues. More complicated apps may find some features have breaking changes. The most notable being that the way infoboxes are added to the map has changed.
    • The SOAP services will likely be turned off. There is a very small number of users on them and it is a very old service which was replaced by the REST services over 6 years ago.


    [Blog] [twitter] [LinkedIn]

    • Proposed as answer by Ricky_Brundritt Wednesday, August 3, 2016 4:08 PM
    • Marked as answer by JesseWien Thursday, August 4, 2016 7:03 PM
    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 4:08 PM
  • Thanks for your response. We're using umapper.com in a flex/flash application that is giving us Bing maps and we're trying to determine what Bing version they are using. If the map says "copyright 2009 Microsoft" at the bottom, can you determine if it is it v6 or v7?
    Wednesday, August 3, 2016 5:39 PM
  • What will happen to our API on my work's website (http://www.medway.gov.uk/information/findmynearest.aspx)

    We are using Bing Maps AJAX v6.3 as a way of displaying various points of interest and we are also in the process of developing a completely new website. Would v6.3 continue to work for some time even though Bing have released v7 and v8?

    If we can avoid spending time developing the functions for the old site then that would be one less thing we can worry about and concentrate on the new site.


    End of Line!

    Monday, June 12, 2017 9:30 AM