Live Maps on Virtual Earth allows users to browse and view cities around the world; check for traffic information; ask for driving, walking and transit directions; share and embed maps; or print maps of geographical locations. Live Maps is a Web mapping service on Virtual Earth that allows users to view any location on a virtual globe.
Live Maps supports several Web mapping features, including street maps; map apps; and people, business and location searches. Street maps enable users to browse topographically shaded maps for cities worldwide. They also allow users to browse certain points of interest, such as metro stations. Searches can cover public collections, businesses, locations or people. Street maps include a road view, aerial view, bird’s eye view, street-side view and 3D view.
Live Maps can also be used to ask for driving, walking and transit directions. Map apps are a collection of first- and third-party applications that add functionality and content to Live Maps. Examples include a parking finder, a taxi fare calculator and an app that maps Facebook friends. Live Maps can also obtain current traffic information for major highways and roads.
Powered by the Bing Maps for Enterprise framework, Live Maps belongs to Microsoft's Bing suite of search engines.