I was reading about Google Earth yesterday and postponed installing it until Mike would not stop bragging about the product. So minutes after installing Google Earth, I am now one of many who think that Google beat Microsoft to market in yet another area. While Microsoft announced Virtual Earth at D3, I can use Google Earth today. Yet by being first to the market Google has effectively forced Microsoft to offer Virtual Earth with similar or better features. Thankfully competition in this market environment has greatly favored the end user. If you haven’t tried out Google Earth take a second and try a fly over your home town.