I think the guys over at Bing did a great job with this redesign. The map tiles look much cleaner and more aesthetically pleasing. The only thing that I still miss is the map of bus stops that Google has.
Read the full review at 41Latitude:
…this was not some incremental improvement that Microsoft gave to Bing Mapsâ€”no, this was a vast overhaul. In truth, it seems as though Microsoft has left nothing unchanged in the â€œnewâ€ Bing Maps. And yet even though the â€œnewâ€ maps are unusually light on detail (especially in how few cities they seem to show), theyâ€™re now among the most aesthetically pleasing maps on the web.
Uhmm.. I can’t help it. It’s too good. Feel like the old time all over again.
Here is a bit of information about the project:
Systems such as Google Street View and Bing Maps Streetside enable users to virtually visit cities by navigating between immersive 360Â° panoramas, or bubbles. The discrete moves from bubble to bubble enabled in these systems do not provide a good visual sense of a larger aggregate such as a whole city block. Multi-perspective “strip” panoramas can provide a visual summary of a city street but lack the full realism of immersive panoramas.
… As the user slides sideways, the multi-perspective panorama is constructed and rendered dynamically to simulate either a perspective or hyper-perspective view. This provides a strong sense of parallax, which adds to the immersion. We call this form of sliding sideways while looking at a street faÃ§ade a street slide…