While they will be lost on newcomers, the changes made to Windows Live Local upon its launch into Beta 2 will be noticeable to regulars. First, the search windows are now stacked one on top of the other rather than side by side; a more intuitive arrangement by my reckoning (the original layout tripped me into entering the right search query into the left—er—wrong box during my first visit).
Perhaps the most far-reaching enhancement to the service though, is a free and downloadable add-in that allows users to bring maps and driving directions directly into Microsoft Outlook (XP and 2003 versions only) from the Live Local online service. You won't need to make any changes to your Outlook configurations or go to your network administrator for special hooks back to Exchange because the add-in is based on the common MAPI interface, meaning that many different e-mail clients can handle it. You'll also be able to send and receive maps from within Outlook.
Windows Live Local Goes Into Beta 2
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