What’s the name of that Map thing?

Virtual Earth? Local.live.com? Maps.live.com?  It’s all so confusing.  We’ve suggested just changing the name to Maps and be done with it, and recently there have been signs that the change has occured.

First, http://maps.live.com works, and doesn’t resolve to http://local.live.com as it used to.

Then on the Live Search menu, Local has been replaced by Maps:

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and in recent posts by Soma Somasegar, MSN Search’s blog, and others, they’re using the maps.live.com address.

Finally, in a post the night before Virtual Earth 3d went live, CIO India reported that the change had been made:

“Microsoft plans to announce the new feature, called Virtual Earth 3D, on Monday afternoon at a press conference in San Francisco, where the company will also change the service’s name from Live Local to Live Search Maps, as well as the Web address…”

There’s been no official word that we can find on the change, but it seems to be a done deal.