If you use Google Maps, you know that service provides satellite views of streets and buildings. The level of detail varies from place to place, but generally the closest images display homes as fuzzy stamp-size blobs. Microsoft Live Search, on the other hand, offers a bird's eye view of properties. Actually four views -- each looking at the house from the east, west north and south. It's pretty creepy seeing one's home from four, relatively close-in angles that look like what Superman would see -- if he hovered outside your house.
In fairness to Google, the search leader does have 360-degree, street-level views of buildings. Not all streets are included, but there's a growing number of residential areas included. To use this feature, go into Google Maps, find an address and then drag the little orange man icon (found atop the zoom control) onto that location. If Google has street views for that spot, the street will turn blue and shift to the 360-degree photo. If the street isn't blue, then you're out of luck. You manipulate the street view with controls that let you pan up and down, as well as zoom in and out.