While the Bing Maps SDK is out of Release Preview and made final along with the release of Windows 8, i find that the documentation is still lacking quite a bit. Here is a couple of examples of how you can customize the pushpin control by changing the displayed image overlay, without having to implement a seperate Control.
Custom icon for pushpin using XAML and C
Add the following to the resources (e.g. in your XAML for the Page containing the Bing Maps Control):
Remember to set the width and height properties accordingly to match your own image.
Then add your pins to the Map control:
Pushpin p = new Pushpin(); p.Name = "NewPin"; p.Style = this.Resources["PushPinStyle"] as Style; Location locationOfPin = new Location(57.052023, 9.917122); MapLayer.SetPositionAnchor(p, new Point(25 / 2, 39)); MapLayer.SetPosition(p, locationOfPin); MyMap.Children.Add(p)
And achieve the following:
Remember to correctly anchor your pin if you do not want the actual location to be in the centre of your image (e.g. if you use a needle like pin as in the illustrated example).