Microsoft has published its July update for Virtual Earth, adding 26 terabytes of new map data. This includes new aerial imagery, 3D buildings and Birds Eye imagery but also a new feature called "hill shading" which gives the road style maps the ability to convey elevation. Click here for an example.
Here's a rundown of what else is new this month. All of these cities/regions have new or expanded Aerial imagery and most have textured 3D buildings and cityscapes
Canada: Hamilton, Quebec, Toronto (Montreal is on the way in our next release)
Europe: Toulouse France, Eastbourne UK
United States: Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery, Mobile, Phoenix (expanded), Arden, Denver (expanded), Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, Fort Myers, Tampa West, St Petersburg, Coral Gables, Cape Coral West, Pembroke Pines, Orlando, Hialea, Columbus GA, Jackson, Oak Park IL, Rockford IL, Ohare IL, Baton Rouge, Shreveport New Orleans, Metarie, Jersey City, Elizabeth, East Ruth, Newark, Paterson, Brooklyn, Niagara Falls, Portland (expanded), Nashville, Chattanooga, Milwaukee