Bing Maps & Internet Explorer 9 (Beta)

The Internet Explorer 9 beta has just been released and if you are as nosy as I am, you probably already downloaded it. Since IE9 has just been released it can hardly be officially supported but it will work with the latest versions of the Bing Maps SDK’s. There is however an issue with the older version 6.2 of the AJAX SDK that will result in rendering problems of VEShape-objects (points, lines and polygons). This issue also affects some samples of the Interactive SDK. The workaround is to either switch IE9 to compatibility mode or better upgrade the Bing Maps AJAX control to version 6.3.

In order to do so just change the script reference from

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.2“></script>

to

<script type=”text/javascript” src=”http://ecn.dev.virtualearth.net/mapcontrol/mapcontrol.ashx?v=6.3“></script>

Please keep in mind that this still doesn’t mean it is officially supported. To find out about supported browsers for the AJAX control have a look at the SDK here.

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One Response to Bing Maps & Internet Explorer 9 (Beta)

  1. Tom Dougherty says:

    Apparently version 6.3 helps but does not overcome all the probelsm with IE9 and Bing maps. I have a mashup that draws legislative districts, amongst many other features, and places pushpins in the middle of the district polygons. The polygons are outlined and colored but neither function works in IE9 (even in compatability mode). The pushpins do get plotted and my mouse over popup boxes are working but the polygons are not drawn as expected – no outlines and no coloring.

    Maybe a little time will get us a new IE9 Beta and/or a new version of the map control.

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