TechCrunch reviews online mapping services, declares Yahoo! the winner

TechCrunch is one of the best web 2.0 blogs out there. Not only do I rely on it to get the latest word on emerging online applications, but recenly Michael Arrington has added some great, in depth reviews of popular web applications. In the latest review, TechCrunch takes on the major mapping services from Ask.com, Google, Yahoo, Windows, and MapQuest. Their conclusion:

Overall, Yahoo Maps was by far the best application tested. Its fast Flash interface, multipoint directions, live traffic information, and easy send-to-mobile feature make it the hands down winner. It also features the most robust API options.

For the most part, I have to agree. Yahoo’s mapping capability is more evolved, and from my long time reliance on online maps, I can say that Yahoo rarely leads me down the wrong path.