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The mapping tool offers a scratch pad where you can save your searches. The tool will also locate businesses in the area. For example, you could search for nearby restaurants.
You can get a two-dimensional road map of the area by simply clicking on the link. This is the road map of the previous image of the Moscone Center in San Francisco.
MSN's Virtual Earth hopes to provide competition to Google Maps. Comparing the images of the two--first is Boston's Fenway Park on MSN's mapping site.