Indoor Maps on Windows Phone Mango (Video)

When we first did our Ultimate Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Preview, we weren’t able to find any indoor maps to show off. Even the Manhattan Mall that we had previously seen demoed wasn’t working. Luckily today we noticed some indoor maps have begun to appear in the Windows Phone Mango Maps application. A few places are actually listed as having indoor maps (such as FAO Schwartz), but when tapping them indoor maps would not appear in Bing Maps. Times Square however, did work! This location isn’t really an indoor location, but it’s great to be able to see all of the stores and how they are laid out right there in Times Square.

There’s a little button in the upper left corner that lets you switch between levels if you’re looking at a multi-story indoor location, and there’s also a “Directory” button that shows you all of the stores in the specific location.

Hopefully we’ll see more large venue locations show up in Bing Maps with their indoor maps as this seems like quite a useful and unique feature that can’t currently be found on any other smartphone.

If you’re also playing with the developer beta of Windows Phone Mango, have you seen any other Indoor Map locations show up in Bing recently?

UPDATE: Here’s a listing of some of the indoor mall maps Microsoft has added to the desktop version of Bing Maps back in March.

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Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!