With the latest release of Virtual Earth (maps.live.com), the road maps has been enhanced with hill-shaded images. Makes the maps look extremely snazzy.
With almost every new release of VE, MS seems to be closing the gap between their mapping product and Googles. Especially when it comes to local business searches - often times the results seem more relevant and up-todate in Virtual Earth. At one point Google Maps was the only mapping tool I used for day-to-day work. Now, increasingly I see myself split between the 2 products.