Support for Bing Maps "key" instead of clienttoken/tokenurl.

Discussion created by dmillen on Jun 22, 2010
Latest reply on Jul 9, 2010 by citizens
Hi There,

As I understand it, the use of the token property is no longer the preferred method for accessing Bing Maps services.  In the place of tokens, it is recommended that developers use a "Bing Maps Key".  This is described here:
(see the "Note" section)

and there's also a related thread on the Silverlight API forum here:

From the forum link above:
"The staging servers has been deprecated by Microsoft, including their token service. The good news is that it has gotten a lot simpler now. Instead, go to sign up, log in and generate a token/app id. This token doesn't expire."

I see that the Flex API and Silverlight API have both been updated to accept the "key" property belonging to the esri.virtualearth.VETiledLayer class.

I would like to start using the 'key' in place of tokens in my applications.  Are there plans to update the ESRI JavaScript API in order to support the new way of connecting to Bing Maps services?

If so, do you have a timeline in mind?

Thank you in advance for any insight you may be able to provide.