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MSN Maps And Directions: So Long, Farewell

The MapPoint blog announced that, as of March 3, MSN Maps & Directions’ website began forwarding to Windows Live Local, making official the end of Microsoft’s Web 1.0 map app. Chris Pendleton explans how Maps&D competed with MapQuest for years, but now the game has moved forward to more dynamic maps, like Live Local, Google Maps, as well as Yahoo and Ask’s products.

Which begs a better question: Why in the holy hell does MapQuest still exist? Its way behind the new competition, and I haven’t heard anything about them trying to compete. AOL owns Mapquest and uses it for maps in local search, and I hope they’re doing something new, or at the least licensing Google Maps for themselves.

If you’re feeling nostalgic for Web 1.0, or want to show the kids what the oldern days looked like, Maps & Directions will remain archived, hopefully for a long time, at this address.

March 9th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | Local, Live, Windows, General | no comments

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