US: The ever increasing number of malls is turning out to be a labyrinth, especially for the first time visitors. Considering this, Bing Maps is introducing mall directory maps which will help users in navigating malls and retail stores.
In a post on Bing’s Maps blog, Bing Maps product manager Brian Hendricks said the new system should make it easier for people to figure out where to park and speed up the Holiday shopping process. Mall maps are currently accessible by clicking on the “Mall Map” link within Bing Local results.
However, this level of detail is not yet available on the mobile version of Bing Maps, which would obviously be quite helpful, if users decide they want to head to a mall while away from a computer. In a statement e-mailed to CNET, Microsoft said this new layer is just the first step of the feature and that adding it to mobile devices is a “priority.”
So far, the feature has been launched for just a handful of malls, with the majority being located in Washington state, as well as two in New York and one in Boston. Here’s hoping that the next big update adds a StreetSide view to let users virtually wander around the inside of malls.