When we launched version 6.3 of the Bing Maps AJAX control earlier this month, one of the new features was the “Core Mode”. There core-mode strips down some of the features from the standard-mode and reduces the size of the control significantly. The main idea of this core-mode is to load a basic entry-map more quickly but as a nice side-effect it also works quite well on mobile devices. You fill find more details on the supported methods of the core-mode here.
In order to activate the core mode you just add a little “c” at the end of the version number:
Have a look at this little sample here which uses the Bing Maps AJAX Control in core-mode on a mobile website and overlays some floor-plans. To make this all a bit more fancy I have created a Microsoft Tag pointing to this website. Currently supported devices for the tag reader are:
Once you installed the tag-reader from http://gettag.mobi start the application, point the camera on your mobile device to the tag below and you will automatically be redirected to the mobile website. I realize of course that it doesn’t make too much sense for content that is already on the web but it might be a good idea to have this is print-media or on billboards.