Bing Maps Calculates Your Cab Tab

Bing Maps continues to impress: First with a treasure map, now with a cab fare calculator that factors in pick-up, time and distance charges. It even picks the shortest route so that you're not left feeling squeezed.

AU: We suspect that this is a US-only feature... -EH

The app is available now and is actually just one of several entrants being considered for Microsoft's King of Bing Maps competition. Other apps also in contention - and also currently incorporated into Bing Maps - include GeoSalesTax, Random Location and something called World of Football, which I sadly suspect employs the international definition.

You can already get taxi fare estimates from HopStop and elsewhere, but the Bing iteration feels smoother, with a wider scope. More importantly, it shows just how serious Microsoft is about pushing Bing's capabilities, making it a viable and distinctive alternative to Google by continuing to add value.

Now if only they didn't make me install the latest version of Silverlight. [Bing Maps via Mashable]