Yahoo Local Maps – The New and Improved!

Yahoo has announced its new generation Maps service.

Check out Yahoo Local Maps – Beta, you will like it!

Some of the innovations include the ability to obtain driving directions to several different city locations and have all the routes simultaneously displayed on the same Web page. I have seen this feature only in Microsoft Mappoint client version.

Yahoo also includes yellow page listing of local merchants located near the map location. Now you can find your favorite restaurant on the way and include it in the map for printing. The print version is neat. Also, an option is provided for current traffic information of major cities. Yahoo also saves recent addresses you typed, for frequent users.

A new feature I would like is to have permanent link to the currently displayed map. It helps to copy the link to my email or webpage with the route and selected local listing merchants to share with others. MSN Virtual Earth does that with scratchpad with a limit of 5 per map.

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