Microsoft launches Windows Live Local with bird’s eye views of major cities among other improvements.
I know, I know, maps again, yawn. But this is something you ought to see: Windows Live Local’s got tons of super closeup photos taken from low-flying planes over major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, Seattle and Las Vegas. Being a total sucker for aerial photography I just burned a lot of time hovering over the streets of NYC. Oh, you want to view Lady Liberty from the south and not the west? Switch the angle with a click of a button.
Also, pushpins keep track of your places on a personalized scratch pad that persists over sessions, and emailable driving directions are available. My only beef? The name of this product gives no hint there’s a map involved. How about – and this is crazy, I know – Microsoft Maps?