When I heard that Google Maps had expanded its coverage to Europe, I thought of my friend Ramona Morel who recently moved to a new condominium in Zurich, Switzerland. I went to Google Maps, typed in her address, and didn't get the map I expected.
I thought, "Maybe I need to type her street without a number," so I typed Sophie Taeuber-Strasse, Zurich, Switzerland, and Google Maps responded:
Your search for Sophie Taeuber-Strasse near Zurich Switzerland did not match any locations.
That was frustrating. I did a couple of tests of addresses I knew in other countries in Europe and most of them worked. This didn't make any sense to me.
Other countries have street-level maps, but apparently not driving directions or integrated local business searches. It looks like Google will roll out a localized Google Maps website as they get these features implemented in each country.
Now I know to look at The Google Blog whenever I have a question about the specifics of a new Google service.