Google Maps turned 10 on Sunday, February 8, 2015. For a brief history of Google Maps, see Google’s Lat Long blog post, which features a nicely done graphical timeline. Its interesting that they include the purchase of Skybox Imaging. We have high hopes for the future of Skybox, but have not yet seen much impact from it on either Google Maps or Google Earth. Google Earth was first released under that name in 2005, but had previously existed as ‘EarthViewer 3D’ under Keyhole Inc. since 2001. The Lat Long blog’s timeline disagrees with Wikipedia about the exact date of the release of Google Earth.
Google Maps’ Earth View.
Over the years Google Earth and Google Maps have shared and exchanged features to the point where Google Maps now has ‘Earth View’, which is heading towards a Google Earth equivalent in a browser. It is however not yet a Google Earth replacement.