Internet Explorer 8 (Beta) - Mapping Placename Locations
Internet Explorer 8 - Map Locations fast
Simple and useful - Select a placename on a webpage (BBC News in this example)
Right click and get a map of the selected text.
This is 'geocoding' on the fly using selected text and sending a request to Microsoft Live and return the Map in the overview window.
Note: Map Overlay moved to show selected text
News Page Source: BBC News
IE8 is available (for developers) - Release notes here
Please note this is in 'Emulate IE7' mode as the 'tooltips' seems to be disable in IE8 Mode.
Typically you only get Microsoft Live Maps....
** Double clicking on the map zooms in but no option for zooming out, or changing map mode.
*** Route from here could be easily implemented from this.