I’ve seen a whole lot of spin in the blogs about how great the “new” Live Local release is. Oh BTW, would Microsoft please buy http://live.local.com as I can’t seem to type it the other way around. Anyway, Tempe is still having to use this horrible B&W imagery rather than the nice color imagery that Ask, Google and ESRI provide. Actually Ask has the most up to date imagery in the Phoenix area, but the service is so slow that I can’t use it. Maybe with Google opening up an office in Tempe, we’ll get as good looking data as they have in Mountain View.

In the end B&W imagery for the 5th largest city in the United States is an embarrassment for Microsoft and Virtual Earth/Live Local.