I just checked out the newest addition to the Microsoft Live Suite – Streetside. This is a really cool preview service that takes network-centric mapping technology to a whole new level. Essentially you can not only find a location using their Virtual Earth package, but you can also navigate through street-level photographs of the location.
The interface is a bit lacking (see screenshot), but the promise of the technology is clear. Take this a step further and you can easily envision being able to not only find the location/picture of a new restaurant, but also quickly checking out any associated reviews/blog posts, or even Stickies.
Hats off to Microsoft. It looks like the folks at Redmond have every intention of using their $50B treasure chest to give Google a run for its money. Oh yea, and I like the race car.