MSN is launching an all-new version of their City Guides service , a service designed to help people learn about different places to visit, explore the various attractions and events taking place there, and even plan their trip. Now City Guides have received a makeover and a fresh new design featuring customized themes for each city. The updated guides have been integrated with Live Search and Live Search Maps, video, and even social networking services like Windows Live and Facebook.
The Maps integration makes it easy for you to find places or events and you can easily switch between road, aerial, and Live Search’s own, unique Bird’s Eye views.
Live Search integration brings local search results to the guides, letting you finding more activities, restaurants, and other hotspots. An integrated Activity Finder, though, will help you find the best from that city including restaurants, movies, shopping, family fun, sports and recreation, and more.
Using your Windows Live ID, you can sign in to plan your upcoming trips, save map collections and photos, and share your recommendations with other friends on the Windows Live service. Alternately, you can read reviews from Yelp, Citysearch, and Judy’s Book or write your own which can then be shared on Facebook.
If you’re knowledgeable about a particular city, you can contribute to the guide and establish yourself as an expert. The more you offer, the higher you rank – the scale goes from City Newbie to City Champ.
You can visit the new City Guides here: http://cityguides.msn.com.