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Redesigned Google Maps desktop beta now available to all users

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You no longer need an email invitation to test out the overhauled Google Maps web experience. Unveiled two months ago at I/O, the completely rethought, vector-based Maps makeover is now available to all users; you simply need to visit Google for instant access to the beta. The Maps team says it's been listening closely to feedback since revealing an all-new take on one of the internet's most vital tools, and promises further improvements "to make the experience even better." Aside from bringing Maps in line with Google's other recent software offerings, the new UI includes a wealth of new contextual information, improved prediction capabilities, and edge-to-edge content. We took a look at the redesigned interface back in May, and the below video should give you a good sense of what to expect once you commit to making the switch.