ESRI Will Use Map Tilting Function with Google and BING Maps
ESRI recently announced that it will officially start migrating its map tilting function to Google Maps. In a way, this really isn’t too surprising because ESRI has not produced a good three dimensional mapping program. Both Google and Microsoft have developed slick programs that allow users to tip a map to view it three dimensionally. If the data is available for Google Maps or BING Maps, the picture becomes a three dimensional representation of a place.
ESRI has migrated its hosted ArcGIS Online map services to the Google Maps/Bing Maps tiling scheme. This change is in response to feedback from many ArcGIS users who have requested that ESRI use a common map tiling scheme matching other popular online map providers. The new services will particularly enable ArcGIS web developers to more easily combine popular web map services with ArcGIS Online map services including those from Bing Maps, Google Maps, and other providers that use the same web map tiling scheme.
The existing services in the ArcGIS Online tiling scheme will remain available for at least six months and, depending on demand, may remain available longer. Although the services will remain available, the content in these services will no longer be updated.
For information on the common attributes for the Bing Maps/Google Maps tiling scheme, see Common attributes for maps using the Google Maps/Bing Maps tiling scheme.