on September 3, 2009
This purchase was an upgrade. The program works very well. However, as is common with Microsoft products, they moved some of the commands to different tabs. Took a while to figure that out. Also, not Microsoft's fault I'm sure, some of the map data has not been updated from 2007. Generally, I am happy with the program. It does what I want it to and is relatively easy to navigate.
on May 16, 2009
Everything the earlier programs did and more. Graphics are better contrasted, menuing is simpler, the cursor function is improved for moving map view around screen. The program still has some quirky routing loopiness, but that is usually overcome with frequent selected way points to force the program to follow your route specifics. However, by just selecting the beginning and end points, it does very well if you set the preferences properly. I wish this program saved screen selected maps in PNG for emailing, but Microsoft still gets to controling. this is an easy workaround with a good screen capture program like "Snagit"! I don't use the GPS feature since I use an external untit (Sony at present) because they give greater flexibility than being laptop dependant in our RV or SUV.
Overall, superb program, even when out in the boonies!