- A new cleaner image of the Earth’s surface for high level zooms. You don’t see the patchwork of different colored satellite and aerial images when viewed as if from space. Once you zoom in to look from airplane height or closer, you will then see the higher resolution satellite/aerial photos.
- Improved zoom features you can double click the left mouse button to zoom in, or double click the right mouse button to zoom out.
- According to reports I read, under Windows with Firefox or IE, you can use the mousewheel to zoom in and out. However, I just tried it with Firefox on my MacBook (OSX 10.4.7) and it worked for me.
These are some nice features which have been wanted for a long time by many users of Google Maps. It will be interesting to see if Google releases the new better looking Earth views for higher height zooms in Google Earth. Personally, I am hoping they will use the new NASA Blue Marble Next Generation photos (a different set of photos for each month of the year).