The big mapping story yesterday was the release of Microsoft's Windows Live Local with its amazing bird's eye imagery. Somewhat hidden in the flurry of press coverage and blogging was the release of an upgrade to the Virtual Earth API (that brand lives on but now appears as a "Powered by Virtual Earth" subtitle). As Microsoft technical evangelist Alex Daley notes:
"Along with Windows Live Local we are releasing the next version of the Virtual Earth Standard Control, v2. For non-commercial use, the updated control includes numerous bug fixes as well as simpler control initialization, automatic handling of resize events, improved navigation components now directly included in the map control, and many more improvements. "