When it comes to maps over internet, we go to google.com and then click on ‘Maps’ tab. Google maps are common and popular among people due to brand name of ‘Google Inc.’. Most of non-US people prefer Google maps as it is by default installed on their mobile phones but there is better alternative for Google mapping project. Microsoft, most trustworthy software company in the world has recently updated their mapping service ‘Bing Maps’ with improved clarity and accuracy.
Types of Map views:
If you are wishing to view same place or route with different views, I will suggest Bing Maps. You can check a place (provided not all places are available with all views). Both services facilitate Satellite, Hybrid, Street, Traffic, 3D views but Bing maps additionally provide Road, Bird's Eye, London Street Map, Ordnance Survey Map, Venue Maps view. I like Birds Eye view in most cases.
Google is more user-friendly as it is popular in recent time and people know how to use it. Bing maps are getting better now and I am sure that one day they will beat Google Maps. Microsoft has added 165 TeraByte images to Bing Maps center. It has considerably improved their performance.
Functionality and Integration:
Today, Google provides more functionality as they have tie-ups with most of leading social networking companies. If you are Facebook lover, then Bing is best for you because Facebook prefers Bing to locate places and people interests.
Web browser compatibility:
Google leads Bing in web browser compatibility as it has more tie-ups with browsers and most of browsers have accepted Google as their standard search engine. Google maps are able to run on popular web browsers namely Internet Explorer 7+, Apple Safari3+, Firefox 184.108.40.206, Opera 8.02+, Google Chrome1+ where as Bing officially supports only 3 web browsers which includes Internet explorer 6+, Apple Safari 3+ and Firefox 2.0+.
Choosing correct map service depend on your internet connection speed. You need fair speed to run any map website but bing requires little bit more bandwidth for smooth navigation.