Microsoft have officially made Azure Maps (formerly Azure Location Based Services) generally available following a preview of the service!
Azure Maps will be able to add a map, search, routing and traffic capabilities in your apps with geospatial services APIs that integrate seamlessly with other Azure tools and services.
The features include;
- Maps – Integrate simple and easy to understand maps to your apps
- Search – Apps will be able to provide details of Point of Interest including the contact information and opening hours
- Traffic – Able to provide alternative routes around slow traffic to allow users a faster travel time
- Routing – Provide the ability to navigate around the shortest and fastest routes whilst also providing alternative methods of transport (walking, cycling, etc.)
Microsoft have released documentation on Azure Maps which you can view here