Peter Ulm, who now looks after Virtual Earth etc. in Australia, walked me through some new features in live maps a couple of weeks back. Both impressed by the technology and Peter's passion I decided I would (finally) blog about it.
It surprised me that Birds eye has come to maps so quickly.
Thanks to Michael Korahi for the reminder and excellent video:
Hit the button explore collections and you get tags you can view and upload with pictures:
If you switch to 3d view you can record a video from getting from point 1 to point 2. You can use a Birds Eye View in combination with the 3d view:
Lastly, though I coudln't find any in Australia, Map Cruncher can show model information for a building. Imagine being able to navigate a mall and see the shop layout...
See here for an example: