You knew it was just a matter of time before Google got into the online maps and directions business (especially with their Google Local tool and thier purchase of keyhole last year). They have officially released (in beta) Google Maps with a slick interface that you would expect from the search company. They have done a few things different than most of the mapping sites out there. Google Maps allows you to click and drag the map instead of clicking and waiting for the site to refresh.
This quick tour of the new mapping site gives a good overview of the features.
In the short period that I’ve been playing with it, Google Maps has already become my favorite online mapping tool. I love the click and drage feature. It’s extremely intuitive and just a whole lot easier to use than any of the other tools out there.