Wow. Some of this imagery is indeed stunning: Microsoft today announced its January 2009 Virtual Earth imagery release, which accounts for 37 terabytes of data. The imagery updates includes Bird's Eye imagery for cities in France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Sweden and UK. The release also updates high resolution orthos imagery in Scotland, UK, Greece, Japan, Norway, Portugal and Spain as well as satellite imagery in multiple countries.
These pictures from the Virtual Earth blog pretty much say it all: