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Here's the official email that went out on this topic. In the coming week, we'll also be posting an FAQ to help with these sorts of questions.
Bing Maps Use in ArcGIS Has Changed
If you are using Bing Maps, please read the following changes that will affect your use of Bing Maps.
Complimentary use of Microsoft's Bing Maps with ArcGIS will begin to be phased out as of February 28, 2013, and will be phased out completely by September 30, 2013. ArcGIS will continue to be Bing Maps ready, but you will have to obtain your own Bing Maps key directly from Microsoft and input the key into your ArcGIS products. Once you input the new key, you will be able to use Bing Maps in your ArcGIS products.
How This Will Affect Use of Bing Maps with ArcGIS
Once you obtain a key from Microsoft, you will be able to use Bing Maps in your web and mobile applications, including ArcGIS for Server, ArcGIS Web APIs, and all ArcGIS Mobile SDKs.
ArcGIS for Desktop will be affected in different ways depending on the version you have:
- ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop users will have to install ArcGIS 10.1.2 before being able to input a Bing Maps key. ArcGIS 10.1.2 is currently scheduled to be available in late Q1 2013.
- ArcGIS 10 for Desktop users will have to install a patch to use their Bing Maps key. The patch will be available in late Q1 2013.
- ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 will no longer support the use of Bing Maps.
ArcGIS Online will be Bing Maps ready at the next release, scheduled for the end of Q1 2013. At that time, customers who have an ArcGIS Online subscription will be able to input a Bing Maps key and continue to add Bing Maps to their web maps. However, customers who have an ArcGIS Online personal account will no longer be able to use Bing Maps after March 31, 2013. For both subscribers and personal account holders, web maps that already include Bing Maps will continue to function.
Try the ArcGIS Online World Imagery Map Service
The World Imagery Map is updated frequently and provides 1 meter or better satellite imagery for many parts of the world. We just added a substantial volume (50 terabytes) of more recent and more detailed aerial imagery from DigitalGlobe. The update includes 30 cm imagery for the continental United States down to 1:1,000 scale, and 60 cm imagery for large parts of western Europe down to 1:2,000 scale. Over the coming months, we will add more DigitalGlobe imagery to this service, giving you even more detailed coverage for Europe and many other parts of the world.
Discover Other Basemaps
In addition to the World Imagery Map, ArcGIS Online gives you access to a number of different basemaps that you can use in your projects. The World Street Map, World Topographic Map, Light Gray Canvas Map, and National Geographic World Map provide a range of cartographic options to meet your needs.
If you have any questions, please contact your local Esri office. To talk directly to someone at Microsoft, send an email to email@example.com.
The ArcGIS Online Team
Has this FAQ ever been posted? I can't seem to find a link to it.