Bing bids to end Google’s map dominance

After years of dominating the market, Google Maps is getting new competition as Bing works to make all its maps high-resolution.

Microsoft has been taking and compiling high resolution photos of the U.S. and Western Europe for the last three years, and has already integrated more than 25% of the new images into Bing Maps.

It plans to finish the project by 2012, and hopes that the prospect of viewing small towns and rural areas in the same high quality as large cities will convince personal and business users to migrate from Google Maps.

If successful, the move could increase demand for business listings and advertising on Microsoft’s mapping service.

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