I just received my invitation to try a new version of Google Maps and am very pleased thus far. Here's a quick look (click to enbiggaplode):
• The dramatically increased screen real estate devoted to the map is excellent.
• Search results for local businesses seem improved.
• The user interface and navigation are further streamlined and impressively easy to use.
In short, great job by Google's engineers in improving an already excellent product.
Hat tip: BadBlue Tech News.