Changes to Bing Maps token key

If you are using Bing Maps in an application using version 1.x of the ArcGIS Web APIs or an ArcGIS Server Web ADF 9.3.1 application, you are accessing Bing Maps using a username and password.  These credentials are used, in turn, to retrieve a token from the Bing Maps Token Service. If you use this method to access Bing Maps services, please read the following important information.

Effective March 30, 2012, the Bing Maps Token Service will be shut down by Microsoft. After this date, your user name and password will no longer be valid, and any applications connected to the Bing Maps Token Service will no longer work.

All Bing Maps users will be expected to use a Bing Maps key and a client that supports Bing Maps keys. A Bing Maps key is a unique identification string and is used in place of the token when making requests. The following is a list of clients that support the use of a Bing Maps key:

  • ArcGIS 10 for Server Web Application Developer Framework (ADF) applications (.NET and Java) (NOTE: If you are using Bing Maps in a 9.3.1 Web ADF application, you will have to upgrade the application to version 10 of the ADF.)
  • ArcGIS API for JavaScript 2.x
  • ArcGIS API for Flex 2.x
  • ArcGIS API for Silverlight 2.x
  • ArcGIS for SharePoint 2.x

A good resource for information on using Bing Maps and Bing Maps keys is the ArcGIS Online Services and Bing Maps Information Guide [PDF].

If you have questions, please post them in the ArcGIS Online forums.

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