Microsoft has released something they call Windows Live Local. It’s a mapping program, not designed to replace MSN Virtual Earth, but to provide some other functionality.
I’m not sure about that functionality. The article says that it provides better tools for getting driving directions, but I found the navigation tools and the text box where you type addresses to be either not functioning, or hard to find and use (and really slow too). The imagery they have (from aerial photos) is really good, but only exists for a few cities. Google Earth is still a much better product for poking around with a birds eye view.
Anybody else tried this thing and liked it?