A nice improvement was just released for Virtual Earth’s Birds Eye navigation at http://local.live.com. The Birds Eye navigation thumbnail grid has been replaced with an inset map for easier usability (see screenshot below). Please note, this feature is currently only available at http://local.live.com, but will definitely be added as a feature in the next release of the Virtual Earth Map Control API. For more info on the http://local.live.com release that went out yesterday please go to http://virtualearth.spaces.live.com.