As you no doubt read this morning, Microsoft released its response to Google Maps—MSN Virtual Earth. While I dig the aerial photos and topographical look-and-feel, it’s a Canada free zone. The screenshot shows the 49th parallel at Blaine, where our nation appears as a strip of white frozen north. Beyond that, according to the icons, photography isn’t permitted in Canada. So, not so much a ‘virtual Earth’ as a ‘virtual country’.
First to market usually wins, and I’m sticking with Google Maps until MSN demonstrates they’re compelling enough to make me switch. A good start would be actually including my country. This was my initial complaint about Google Maps as well, so hopefully they’ll sort it out in short order.
UPDATE: Boing Boing reports that Microsoft has nuked Apple’s headquarters.