This is a pretty cool new feature, with possibly the worst name ever. Some folks at Microsoft recently launched the (bear with me) Windows Live Local Virtual Earth Technology Preview (the naming scheme immediately reminded me of this spoof). As I understand it, you can ‘drive’ around Seattle and San Francisco, passing through and panning around a series of photos. Is it spectacular? Not really. It’s it kinda cool? Yes.
A9 has had something similar for a while, but I think the Virtual Earth execution is better. This is only a technology preview, which tends to precede Beta, so I won’t even log feature requests at this time.
UPDATE #2: While I’m on the subject of Microsoft announcements, they’ve also launched Expo today: “Expo is a dynamic social listing service that allows members to find and sell items, discover information, and meet other parties in their area–all for free!”