New Services from MSN Maps

News of a few new services from MSN Maps this afternoon.

+ An option to paste a formatted address from a web page, Word document, etc. into a search box. This saves you the time of having to reformat the location into the various search boxes required to do a map search. This option has been available for several weeks but was formally announced today. A nice timesaver.

+ Find businesses along a route. At the moment, you can map locations for three hotel chains and Target stores.

+ You are now able to directly link to maps.

+ Detailed street level geographic coverage has added for Australia, Belgium and Spain, and the service is now available on MSN Latino.

+ Not new but just noticed, MSN offers real-time traffic info and maps for many metropolitan areas in the U.S. You can even have traffic alerts sent to your mobile device via SMS. Yahoo launched a real-time traffic info service in December.