Some more new odds-and-ends about 3ds Max 2009:
The new ViewCube navigation system is an on-screen, cube-shaped UI element that provides feedback about the current viewing angle in relation to model world coordinates. You can directly click on a face or rotate the ViewCube by clicking and dragging in order to change the view.
A new camera interface.
Edit Soft Selection
When using soft selection, you can interactively manipulate falloff, pinch and bubble directly on the screen. The cursor changes to indicate which values are being affected, and feedback is given directly on the object.
Enhanced Windows Vista Support
3ds Max now supports the Windows Vista Aero interface.