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Topic: Silverlight crashes in Bing maps

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I've had no problem creating panoramas on my iPhone, uploading them, or viewing them on my PC on the Photosynth site.  Until recently I could also view them in Bing Maps; however, for some reason I can no longer do that.  Althought the icons for panoramas will display on a Bing map, attempting to click on one to view it invariably causes Silverlight to crash.  Uninstalls an reinstalls of Silverlight have not corrected the problem.  Nor is there any difference between browsers, i.e. the same thing happens whether I am using Chrome, Firefox, or IE9 (this last is surprising because you would think Microsoft's products would at least work with each other).  As of now, Silverlight is completely worthless for use with Bing maps.  Any observations or suggestions?
MTCBoston-Isabel (10 months ago)
Anyone have an answer to this?  I have the same problem on many machines.  All win 8.
Crashes for me too.  Win8 IE10.
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
Hey there, guys,

The answer is that Bing Maps stopped updating on the Silverlight version of their map control and map app gallery when Silverlight development stopped with the release of Silverlight 5 in December of 2011.

They are currently working on getting an HTML5 + WebGL version of Bing Maps and Photosynth ready for the end of 2013.

You can catch a glimpse of the return of 3D maps to Bing Maps from Microsoft's BUILD conference in June 2013: 
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/1-001#time=1h20m51s
(Skip to 1 hour, 20 minutes, 51 seconds if the video doesn't auto load there.)

And you can also catch a quick peek at the upcoming Photosynth 2 WebGL viewer also from BUILD: 
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2013/4-072#time=00h01m41s
(Skip to 1 minute, 41 seconds if the video doesn't auto load there.)
NateLawrence (7 months ago)
So, basically, there's hope that things will work again soon, but unfortunately we have a few months of the Silverlight version of things having fallen into disrepair while we wait for the fall update.

One thing that needs to happen first is for Windows 8.1 to release with Internet Explorer 11 (which is the first version of IE with WebGL support) + IE11 for Windows 7 release too.
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