OK, OK, I know this will shock most of you -- I'm praising something Microsoft has done.  Stop the presses.

I've been watching the MSN Virtual Earth vs. Google Maps smackdown in the blogosphere the last few days with amusement.  Vowe reported that Microsoft had made Apple disappear.  Scoble picked that one up, too, but he shows one nice feature of the MSN implementation -- tighter zoom.

What Robert didn't mention was the real killer feature -- MSN Virtual Earth supports using the scroll-wheel to scroll the zoom in/out.  On my Thinkpad, that's just the center mouse button and trackpoint -- and whoosh, I'm checking out the paint lines in my building's parking lot.  Cool!

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