New Live Maps - Goes Live +KML Overlay
New Live 'Search' Maps - Goes Live
New cleaner version of Live Search Maps
and the 3D gets smoother....
Brighton Pier in 3D in FireFox.
Look for the Loader
The Globe show the data loading/rendering for the view.
quick guide -
Home [Button] - Birds Eye -straight down
Page up [Button] - Zooms Out
Page Down [Button] - Zooms in
Cursor keys - Pan in keys direction
Shift - Pivot on that location
Control (Ctrl) Key - tilts and rotates (with mouse)
B - Birds Eye View
Click 'N' (North) on the controls resets the direction to North.
Control and Shift keys can be use with the mouse.
Have a Play - http://maps.live.com/
Some more details coming out.
Codenamed Gemini is Version 2 of Live Maps based on the Virtual Earth 6 Engine
New Features include KML overlay (a global accepted spatial dataset now?)
Seems only points are supported so far here is an example
Google Maps KML overlay
Now Live Maps KML Overlay
Same KML URL but the route(polyline) is missing - though does allow you to subscribe to the KML via RSS
Much more information in more detail is available from the official blog
Google Earth Blog has a very good articial on Basic KML supported by Microsoft