go gmail - part IIActually, this is not about gmail at all. It is about a new addition to google maps. The original beta of google maps was a nice variation on the standard map/directions theme. It had the typical "google response time" - orders of magnitude better than anyone else, which enable the drag-and-move of the map in real time. However, that was to be expected. If nothing else, folks at google labs have certainly raised the bar on web application performance.
Nevertheless, I kept on waiting when google will finally add the satellite imagery they acquired with keyhole. A few days ago the finally took the first step by adding a satellite view to the map service. One can now switch from a schematic street map view into one with 3d structures, zooming in and around in almost real time.