Peter Ulm, who now looks after Virtual Earth etc. in Australia, walked me through some new features in live maps a couple of weeks back. Both impressed by the technology and Peter's passion I decided I would (finally) blog about it.

It surprised me that Birds eye has come to maps so quickly.

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Thanks to Michael Korahi for the reminder and excellent video:

Hit the button explore collections and you get tags you can view and upload with pictures:

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If you switch to 3d view you can record a video from getting from point 1 to point 2. You can use a Birds Eye View in combination with the 3d view:

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Lastly, though I coudln't find any in Australia, Map Cruncher can show model information for a building. Imagine being able to navigate a mall and see the shop layout...

See here for an example:

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