Well the beta version of ESRI’s ArcWeb Explorer is finally here. After a somewhat quiet development (most of the news bites have been based around the up coming ArcExplorer), the beta version has been released. This perhaps not too soon for ESRI (and lets hope ArcExplorer follows shortly), given Google’s near year lead of “internet mapping for the masses”. And the most surprising thing? Well its a web application built around Flash 8; I just wasn’t quite expecting this!! Part of the functionality includes the ability to pull in web services to add extra functionality. In this instance the “free” services includes simple searching, geocoding and route finding. It’s certainly quite stylish, as well as pretty fast (although it is only pulling in vector data). So a thumbs up for the moment but still a long way to go!