Microsoft have matched Apple in the cartographic cockup stakes after a series of risible errors on Bing Maps. A Reg reader wrote in to tell us that Oracle's UK HQ had been labelled "Elvis Impersonators UK & Worldwide". Microsoft's own UK base was dubbed "Thames Valley Park Nursery". Reader Martin wrote in with the tip. He …
Your MS link didn't work for me, but they do operate a nursery from one of their buildings: http://reading.cylex-uk.co.uk/company/thames-valley-park-nursery-17899668.html
I came to say the same thing. There certainly is (or was) a nursery on the Microsoft campus in Reading. Google Maps lists it too, albeit at a slightly different location.
So, it's hardly a "howler", unless you are referring to the toddlers themselves.
Have you spotted any Bing howlers?
Re: Have you spotted any Bing howlers?
At least you can get the maps in OS format which can be really handy
Re: Have you spotted any Bing howlers?
"At least you can get the maps in OS format which can be really handy"
Ooh, I hadn't noticed that before - that is indeed handy.
It has long been known that all Oracle sales rep are Elvis Clones !
As far as Microsoft I'm not sure I see the connection between a Bulgarian fabric softener manufacturer and a nursery....
You don't suppose Oracle are planning to capture all the open-source Elvises (Elvii?) and then slowly suffocate them all?
(Fork 'em, I say!)
That confirms it...
Larry Ellison is the king!
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Correction for you
"Larry Ellison is the king!"
Larry Ellison is Ming!
Apple moved the town of Leamington Spa fifty miles east, so I'm not entirely convinced mislabelling a building is quite in the same league.
They also mislabelled Windows 8 as an operating system...
Sounds like inside jokes to me, especially given the love between Microsoft and Oracle in the Reading-Bracknell area
The Bing maps preview app I downloaded seems to now have 3D city views which I then realised were the ones I saw on HERE maps previously.
They added nice tilt/rotate touch actions with on-screen widgets too.
But still, it is the OS maps integration that means I always go there first; that it is not Google is just a bonus.
Bing for OS
As said Bing is great for OS maps.
Now where is that Sustrans cycle layer?
Come on Sustrans, get charitable.
Surely Oracle HQ should be 'Heartbreak Hotel'
But I would like from them: A little less conversation and a lot more action
Bing has maps?
Until I read the posts above I hadn't realised anyone actually used Bing.
After I posted that I actually looked at Bing's maps.
It's reallly quite good.
Bing Maps Too Subpar For Me
I have a Lumia 900, and Bing Maps (U.S.A.) is one of the main reasons I can't wait to switch phones to another mobile OS. I've been misdirected too many times. It's database of local addresses is either outdated (too many closed/moved businesses) or lacking entirely compared to Google. I find it's direction finding algorithms inconsistent. Just yesterday, it tried to direct me down a street with bumper-to-bumper traffic as far as I could see. (It usually seems to take traffic into account.) It once wanted me to drive several miles West, do an 180 degree turn, drive several miles East back to my starting point and then keep going East, where I should have gone in the first place. It once took me miles from my destination (an empty lot - I'm not kidding!) when I was trying to find a movie theater. Those stand out in my memory. Usually, if there's a problem, it just gets me close and then gives up. I have to budget extra time because of this app, because it's made me late a few times! Majority of the times, it's accurate, but it's bad when I don't trust where my mapping app is going to take me every time I launch it.
I've tried Nokia's Maps/HERE but found similar deficiencies. It also definitely doesn't rate at par with Google's offering. I'm so tired of my wife pulling out her iPhone, launching Google Maps, and having multiple routes to choose from, often before Microsoft's Map app gives me just one!
I understand nothing out there is perfect, but I have to trust the results, and I've lost faith in the product. (That includes both Microsoft's and Nokia's maps.) I'm counting the days until I can switch!! (Haven't decided on iOS or Android.)
ps - Overall, Windows Phone has been VERY stable - very few crashes. I think Microsoft is going in the right direction with the core OS. Not bashing the phone itself, just one of the big supporting apps, which is why be buy these things in the first place, isn't it??
Good joke but I suspect this is a crowd sourcing joke rather than Bing maps being totally useless. Yes there is a nursery on the Thames Valley Park site but it isn't the Microsoft office as it is labelled
Made me smile anyway!
IBM Hursley is listed as Natwest: http://binged.it/1f9KkSF there used to be a Natwest on site but there hasn't been for more than 4 years now.
Oracle - the home of Elvis?
Being "The Devil in Disguise", a visit to them is like going to "Heartbreak Hotel". The sales folk are "Stuck on you" and in need of "A Big Hunk o' Love". They demand you "Surrender" and proclaim "It's now or never".
Something goes wrong, so you stroke your "Good luck charm" and ring support, asking them to "Love me Tender", but end up begging "Don't be Cruel". Their "Suspicious Minds" are "Too Much" and leave you "All shook up", so you go all "Moody Blue" and "Return to Sender".
Ultimately Oracle - "You're the Devil in Disguise"
No one uses bing anyway....who cares
Since day 1, bing has lost money for microsoft, because no one uses it. Who cares if the maps are wrong?
makes Evils into Elvis. No doubt Oracle impersonates one or the other.
I need Friday-beer-drinking-grammar-nazi combi icon.
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