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Images: Microsoft maps take a bird's-eye view

Microsoft unveils a beta version of Windows Live Local, which gives a 45-degree bird's-eye view of major landmarks.
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bird's eye New York

Microsoft unveils a beta version of Windows Live Local, which integrates local search, mapping, driving directions and yellow pages with a "bird's-eye view" of locations in major U.S. cities.

Clicking on the New York City test link provides this 45-degree view of the Statue of Liberty.

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looking south

Controls on the left of the screen allow users to click on different views, zoom in or change the direction of view. This is the view of the statue facing south.

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aerial view

This is what you see after clicking on the aerial view.

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adding pushpins

Another new feature of Windows Live Local allows users to add pushpins by right clicking on any location and adding identifying information.

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driving directions

Driving directions can be obtained directly from the map by right clicking and highlighting the "from" and "to" locations. Notice the Bird's Eye view box in the upper left corner of the map.

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bird's eye view

An unlabled image from the beta version of Bird's Eye.

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Seahawks

One Bird's Eye view available for maps in the Seattle area is Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks football team.

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