PC Magazine has done a roundup of trip planning tools, and newcomer Windows Live Local has gottent the Editor’s Choice over hype-champion Google Local and longtime stalwarts like MS’s Street’s and Trips. PC Mag gives Live Local a 4 out of 5, noting the bird’s eye view as setting it apart, while acknowledging that it still has some beta kinks to work out.
They also give it props for the Location Finder, which tries to use wi-fi hotspots and IP addresses to determine your location; and the scratch pad, for taking notes. Why doesn’t Google Local win? Because of poor search syntax and irrelevant listings.