- New Neighborhood Data at lower zoom levels with:
- 300 cities with new neighborhood data added throughout North America, from Palo Alto, to Chicago, to Toronto, etc.
- 12,000 new neighborhood added, from “Lower East Side” (New York, Milwaukee, Bridgeport) to “Lower Collegetown” (Ithaca)
- Expanded Worldwide Coverage with much improved coverage, especially throughout Eastern Europe
- New POI information – highlighting Schools, Rest areas, Ski Resorts, etc.
Additional shaded relief levels worldwide
- City label density increased for better usability
- Style improvements such as Hybrid Road and Label colors adjusted for better legibility
- Lighter map tiles – with an average of 30-60% reduction in size
In the process of writing my post I was playing with Google and Microsoft’s Live Maps. I haven’t used Live Maps in a little while, but I plugged in “Soma Sushi” into Yahoo! Maps, Google Maps and Live Maps. Impressively, Live Maps is the only one that really got it right.