If you use Microsoft Outlook, you can install a free Windows Live Local add-in that hooks up your Appointments window with a Locations tab for maps and driving directions, and it even lets you tack on driving time to the length of a meeting.
Because Microsoft has followed Google Maps' lead by opening its Local code to developers, savvy users can combine these maps with their own sets of data. Examples include a users' homemade version of a Local mobile tool.
Should you feel lost, Windows Live Local beta provides helpful written instructions that you can read without leaving your map, but there's no searchable list of support topics. We like that unlike other online mapping tools, Microsoft adds e-mail support through a Web-based form. You can also ping the company with suggestions for improvement.
Overall, we found Windows Live Local beta to be among the best of the available dynamic, online mapping tools. However, we wish that it allowed us to find directions between more than two points. Still, if you're a frequent user of Microsoft products--particularly the Web-based Windows Live lineup--then this easy-to-use mapping service is a natural fit.
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