Bing Maps is a free cloud-based mapping application from Microsoft. It's similar to Google Maps, in that you can use it to get directions, view traffic, and explore imagery. Once you get beyond the basics, however, there are two things I really like about Bing Maps.
...a Microsoft Surface! It would be cool to have that little tablet with the S&T app loaded and some clip for car dashboards.
I started with Street Atlas but quickly moved to Topo-USA for better maps and the ability to use real USGS Topos with GPS and draw property lines and drive right to them. The USB GPS unit comes free with the software. The "pro" package even comes with a national phone book with reverse look-up. I now have Delorme XMAP which allows for downloading of shapefiles for property records, flood zones, aerials, etc, etc.
I've been using Street Atlas for so many years I cannot remember not using it. It predates the advent of Streets and Trips and provides the ability to plan trips and manage travel data without Internet connectivity. It possesses extensive customized routing capabilities, the ability to annotate in multiple formats and to add routable new or private streets and roads. Like Streets and Trips, the application is available standalone or bundled with a either a USB or Bluetooth GPS receiver. There are also available enhancements options such as Phone Search.
Personal Navigation devices are great for helping you get to where you want to go....but Streets and Trips helps you decide where you need to go in the first place. This is a powerful 'GIS' tool for consumer and business. See training at www.mypointsales.com
You did not mention my favorite navigation tool - Waze. It is cool and accurate , it has traffic information including speed radars and policemen on the road. It is a crowd-source application. I use it constantly on my Galaxy II .
Hi, I recently travelled in some pure wilderness in Australia, in the Great Dividing Range in Victoria. When the batteries on my Garmin etrex H gave out I turned to my Samsung Galaxy S2 with Navigon maps preloaded, and I was amazed at the amount of valuable information available to me in my situation at that point in the hike. Not to include Navigon in your set of maps apps just shows what a sheltered life you lead as an MCSE. You should get out more, away from the cellular network , and then see how far Bing will take you. Nothing compares with good maps - in the phone.