As of today you can request as short URL (from Google's own shortener g.co) for a link to a Google Map.
Lufthansa, Germany’s national airline, flies to many destinations in Europe. To help travelers discover Europe and encourage them to plan a vacation, Lufthansa has plotted all their destinations out on a map and linked them to famous spots via the Street View API. For example, by clicking on the Paris icon, users will be taken to Street View imagery of the Eiffel Tower to entice them to travel to the City of Lights.
You can search by voice on your computer running the Chrome browser including on Google Maps. It used to only be available on mobile.