New Google Maps is now rolling out to everyone's desktops

Google Maps web redesign for transit navigation

Google has been testing its major redesign of Google Maps' web interface for the better part of a year, and it's at last ready to bring the new look to everyone. The search giant has started rolling out the updated layout to all desktop users; only some will see it today, but it should reach all visitors in the weeks ahead. As a refresh, the new Maps gets rid of the old sidebar in favor of putting search results directly on the map. It also brings real-time traffic data and a Street View carousel to help virtual tourists. The mandatory transition is unlikely to please holdouts who see the redesign as a step backward, but Google has been filling in at least some of the gaps.