Microsoft tips Maps app overhaul for Windows 10

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Microsoft tips Maps app overhaul for Windows 10

As Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users may be well aware of, HERE apps and Windows Maps share the same maps - created by HERE - but their functionality is presently different, with the former offering a more mature feature set. "We have an exciting update coming soon to insider builds, including an improved drive mode".

Come 29th March, and you won't be able to download the HERE Maps on your Windows Phone and Windows 10 device from the store and starting June, the apps won't be supported on devices powering Microsoft's mobile or desktop platforms. The brand was featured on many Asha and Lumia series handsets in the past.

But, things didn't materialize and Nokia put HERE maps on sale, with a German consortium, including Audi, BMW, and Mercedes, purchasing it in August 2015. If it wanted to continue supporting Windows 10 without that workaround, it had to rewrite its apps "from the ground up".

The company has however said that "the essence of the HERE apps lives on in the Windows Maps app". Question is, what will that hyped update bring new to the table?

What phones will be included in which wave still remains to be seen, but if the information we told you about yesterday is 100 percent accurate, then flagships such as Lumia 930 and 1520 will be among the first to get the upgrade. The company has effectively updated its universal Windows app to support not just desktops and tablets, but phones as well.

With all these changes, HERE Maps completely abandoned Windows platform.

Here Maps is one of the better non-Google navigation apps on the market.

 

HERE team under Nokia's leadership developed specific mapping solutions for wearables like Samsung Gear and iOS running iPhones and iPads.

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