In the absence of the official Google Maps app for Windows 8, Bing Maps, along with Nokia Here Maps are your best maps apps from the Windows Store. And now Bing Maps has received a fresh update.
The official Bing Maps app for Windows 8 has received a big update on the Windows Store, bringing many new features and options, some of which were requested by users themselves. First of all, the search box and map controls are now always visible in the app, which makes it easier to focus on the maps and make use of the adjacent options. There some other minor design improvements that you’ll discover along the way. Also, the search experience has been improved with the inclusion of autosuggest and the accuracy has also been worked on.
But the biggest change that you’ll observe is the integration of ratings and reviews from Yelp, TripAdvisor and some other providers. Also, your favorites are now available across Windows 8 computers, laptops and tablets but also on Windows Phone 8.1, which is really useful. Last, but not least transit and driving directions availability has been included in additional markets, but as of now we don’t know exactly which are these countries.
Our take on the update
The update also involves the Bing Preview app, as well, which lets you see the outside world in impressive 3D graphics. After having installed the two updates, I noticed the improvements right away, and I should say that both of the apps feel much faster, as well. The ability to sync favorites across Windows 8 devices will soon be made available to Windows Phone, as well, once the 8.1 update gets rolled out. They will also show up inside Cortana’s notebook under “Places” for Windows Phone 8.1. At the moment, we don’t know when this will be released for Android and iOS devices, as well.
A really cool feature is the the search box which has been built directly into the map, this way, you just type what you need, without having to leave the maps interface. And the auto-suggest also saves a bit of time, as well. The 3D environment is getting more and more requested by user, and with this update, it’s been introduced in the following new cities – Richmond, VA; Providence, RI; Austin, TX; Tucson, AZ; Jacksonville, FL; Lincoln, NE; Las Vegas, NV; Reno, NV; Daytona Beach, FL. All in all, it’s a much welcome update and long time users, as well as those trying it for the first time, will find it really useful.
Bing Maps app for Windows 8 gets a big update
Back in December, we rolled out the Bing Maps Preview app for Windows 8.1. The app introduced a new way to explore the world in glorious 3D, more personal features and a streamlined design to help you get more done. In the past 6 months, we have been listening to feedback from around the world and today we’re announcing major updates to both the Maps and the Bing Maps Preview app, available for download in the Windows Store. You’ll see dozens of updates centered on helping you get more done in one integrated maps experience.
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