New Google Maps Rolls Out to Everyone
Article by George Norman
On 21 Feb 2014
The new Google Maps, which has been available as a preview for months now, starting rollout out to everyone.

Google decided to roll out the new Google Maps to desktops all over the world.


We’ve known about the new Google Maps since May 2013. The most eager of us have even gotten to preview the new Google Maps. Starting this week, desktop users from all over the world will get to enjoy the new Google Maps. You see, Google decided it’s time to graduate from the preview phase and start rolling out the new Google Maps to everyone.

“Over the coming weeks the new Google Maps will make its way onto desktops around the world,” commented Brian McClendon, VP of Google Maps. “It’s now even easier to plan your next trip, check live traffic conditions, discover what’s happening around town, and learn about a new area,” McClendon added.

The entire map is interactive with the new Google Maps. By clicking on locations, you will be able to learn more and discover more. If you search for something, like coffee in your neighborhood for example, results and snippets will be displayed right on the map. Select a coffee place, click it, and the new Google Maps will suggest related results.

Maps are meant to help you get around. The new Google Maps helps you get where you’re going faster, no matter what mode of transportation you choose to use. You see, multiple modes of transportation are covered – car, bike, train.

The new Google Maps will help you find the most efficient route and will help you avoid traffic problems with the new real-time traffic reports and Street View previews. And if you’re planning a trip, the new Google Maps lets you get directions for multiple locations.

Google Earth features are integrated into the new Google Maps. On WebGL-enabled browsers, you don’t need a plugin to access these features.

“With any product redesign, there may be bumps along the road. We're hoping that you're as excited as we are to navigate uncharted territory in pursuit of the perfect map,” said Brian McClendon.

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