Windows Live Maps

I just checked out the new Windows Live Local—Microsoft’s answer to Google Maps. The interface is a little clunky, but the flyby image quality is amazing.

Here’s my house on Windows Live (by the number 1):

The same location, at the maximum magnification from Google Maps:

Google is going to need to invest in some better images. I think what this proves is that even Google needs some competition.

Interestingly, neither of these images shows the 9-unit condominium complex that replaced the duplex across the street from us. The duplex was demolished more than a year ago.


  1. Panos Jan 28

    Windows Live seems good for America, but google maps actually manages to provide decent international coverage. try zooming in on athens greece in windows and google maps..
    I mean it seems to have some map coverage of other major reagion in the world but no satellite images. Athens, Greece doesn’t even zoom to more than a blip. of well, almost every business and home in greece run pirated windows, so it is probably fair :D

  2. Ken Bloom Jan 28

    I, for one, welcome our new sattelite overlords.

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