Live Maps returns to UK: the whole sorry mess explained

As reported yesterday, that the UK users are switched back from MultiMap.com to Live Maps. The Live Maps / Virtual Earth blog explains the whole mess: […]As part of our release of the latest version of Live Maps this past Friday, MultiMap.com released an update to their mapping and directions site in the UK that introduced […]

As reported yesterday, that the UK users are switched back from MultiMap.com to Live Maps. The Live Maps / Virtual Earth blog explains the whole mess:

[…]As part of our release of the latest version of Live Maps this past Friday, MultiMap.com released an update to their mapping and directions site in the UK that introduced a bunch of new features, including integration of some of the unique capabilities of Live Maps such as Birds Eye imagery. As part of this launch our goal was to introduce our Live Maps customers to the MultiMap site and give them a choice of which they wanted to use. The MultiMap site has some features like Ordnance Survey and Collins Bartholomew maps, tube stops, etc... that are very focused on the UK and well liked by their customers. Our intention was to let our Live Maps customers give these features a trial.

But a couple of unfortunate bugs caused the redirect to not go as planned! One issue was that the MultiMap site was supposed to have prominent links back to Live Maps so that visitors could easily get back if they wanted. Also, web surfers who specifically entered maps.live.com in their browser should not have been redirected at all; only the links from the MSN homepage and other places should have been redirecting to Multimap. But the redirection bug caused all requests for Maps.live.com to redirect to Multimap and was compounded by the fact that there was no link to get back to Live maps. Ugh. it was an ugly situation indeed.

[…]If you are in the UK, rest assured that you will always have access to your Collections and all of the other great features of Live Maps that you have come to know and love.[…]

Live Maps, Windows Live, Live Search Maps, Multimap, Virtual Earth, Microsoft