MapQuest Beta Plays Catchup

The most notable thing about MapQuest’s new beta version is that there’s a map on the home page. That should give you an idea of how far down the field MapQuest’s competitors have taken things, and how far behind MapQuest has gotten: the default version still has just address and directions forms. The new version — detailed here and here — does catch up a little bit: there’s an option for a “copy and paste” address field, standard among the competition. It’s still not as easy to zoom, though. See reactions from All Points Blog (“Continuing on its ‘too little, too late’ strategy …”) and Digital Earth Blog.