I've been playing with MSN's virtual earth (VE) for the past day and I'm still deciding on a verdict. Sure it's cool to see the aerial pictures and road maps within the same AJAX enabled application, but what makes it different from Google Maps (GM) or Google Earth (GE)?

The driving directions feature takes you out to MSN Maps in a different window to show you the route. GM shows you the route in the same screen. Don't get me wrong, I know the project/product still is in beta (it says so right next to its name), so there's room for growth.  Microsoft product history teaches us to wait for the next version of product to get the cool functionality.

My question is what does VE beta offer that GM beta doesn't?