Later Today Windows Live Local will preview some new functionality — the company will be showing yours truly (and others) a Technical Preview of ‘street-side’, a new feature Microsoft is building for its Windows Live Local consumer local search and mapping site. As its name implies, street-side provides three new street-level vantage points for Windows Live Local users wanting a sneak preview of desired destinations, and surrounding visual cues on how to get there. Some features:
– Street-side imagery will be available in a split screen navigation window. In the upper navigation pane, Windows Live Local users can view street-level imagery of their destinations. In the lower navigation pane, Windows Live Local users can switch between three navigation vehicles – race car, sports car, and walk-by… cool!
– The preview will focus on 2 cities – Seattle and San Francisco.
Stay tuned. More info available later today at local.live.com