Microsoft has hired CloudeMade and OpenStreetMap (OSM) founder Steve Coast as the principal architect for Bing Mobile and as the liaison to the open source mapping community.
In a blog post, the company said that Coast will be responsible for developing better mapping experiences for its customers and Bing Maps partners.
Coast will also help Microsoft to work along side the OpenStreetMap project and other open source mapping schemes.
As a part of its efforts to embrace the open source community, Microsoft has also said it will be donating Bing's global orthorectified aerial imagery to the OpenStreetMaps editors. The company will also come up with new ways to contribute to the open source project.
Steve Coast said in a blog post: “I’ve super excited to tell you that I've accepted a position as Principal Architect at Bing Mobile and am moving to the Seattle, Washington area to work on maptastic things! Yay!”