Windows Live Local got a major update today; see the official blog for an overview of what they call “the biggest release yet of Windows Live Local.”
The update includes real-time traffic data (the TechCrunch post covering the launch has an example and comparison with Yahoo!’s service) and, according to CNet, European coverage and bird’s-eye images for the UK — and supposedly Canada too, though that’s not mentioned elsewhere. Detail is apparently improved around the world; more as I hear about it.
Ed, Frank and Stefan are raving about the quality of the British imagery, which they consider superior to that in Google Maps/Earth.
Other Windows Live Local improvements include user collections and an upgraded API.
Still doesn’t work in Safari, though.
See previous entries: Virtual Earth at Street Level; Windows Live Local Privacy Update; Some Windows Live Local Updates; Windows Live Local Goes Live.
Update, May 25, 8:10 AM:
- There’s also an Outlook plugin that, among other things, features “automatic time buffering on calendar appointments based on travel time.”
- James notes that the Phoenix area still suffers from the dated black-and-white aerial photography.