@BitFlipper: It is pretty odd to access the website version of maps on a touch screen because the map area captures the gestures so you can't zoom out of the page easily. Not sure I'd miss this in any way, but it is sort of a d*ck move.
I guess 2013 is an all out Google war against Microsoft. I don't really see this being good for Google in the long-term, even if they make gains in the immediate future (e.g., kill MS' dominance in the productivity sector). From a games perspective, cutting out a competitor like that is a very suboptimal strategy because you just set yourself up for failure, often because you were too busy looking at one region of the board to notice the impending threats on the other side.