Garmin plays that up as, “This upgrade gives users more mapping options than ever before.” Really, this is how they should have implemented it from the beginning. And other services offer quite a few more maps. GMap4 and GPS Visualizer offer the most, and Garmin has much farther to go if they ever want to catch up to their competitors in this regard. Trimble Outdoors offers a decent selection of maps, also.
I am actually suspicious that Garmin signed an exclusivity deal with Microsoft to provide ONLY Bing Maps on Garmin Connect. It’s been almost a year since Garmin announced the switch to Bing Maps and I’m not sure if the timing of this update would work with any sort of exclusivity deal they might have signed. Still, users have been upset about the change for so long, why else would Garmin have waited so long to add Google Maps availability back?
It’s a long time coming, really. Although, an update that’s even longer coming would be a way to add Tanita bc-1000 (or any other body monitor, for that matter) data into Garmin Connect without needing a compatible Forerunner. Even a manual entry for ALL metrics would be better than what they offer now.