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New Google Maps desktop version available without invites, still only a preview

The new Google Maps desktop update can be accessed by interested users, without an invitation. However, it's still a preview version of the software, with no launch date in sight for the final version.
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July 16, 2013
Google Maps at I/O 2013

Google announced that its new Google Maps desktop version is available to all users interested in the web app, although the company is still offering access to a preview version.

The company took to Google+ to make the short announcement:

In May, we unveiled a preview of the new Google Maps for the web, and today we’re making it even easier to try it out. You no longer have to request and wait for an email invite – just sign up and get access instantly: maps.google.com/preview

For those who have already taken the new maps for a test drive, thanks for all your support and feedback. We’re listening and continuing to make the experience even better. And for those who haven’t tried it yet, here’s a refresher on what makes the new Google Maps great.

The new Google Maps web app was demoed during the company’s mid-May Google I/O developers conference, revealing a major app overhaul. However, Google decided to only allow certain users preview the new features, as long as they had the proper invitations to access to new desktop version of Google Maps.

Google is yet to unveil a proper release date for this new Google Maps for desktop version (read more about its new features here). But we’ll note that the Google Maps Android app has been recently updated to offer users a new design and new features – the new Google Maps mobile app was also demoed during I/O 2013.