The HERE Maps saga is finally over. The outcome? Well, not so positive. After a lot of speculation, HERE Maps finally discontinued its mapping services for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile.
As announced earlier this year, HERE Maps officially dropped support for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile on June 30 and has no plans to come back. Users of Microsoft’s latest platforms will now need to find another navigation option, most likely the company’s own Maps app for Windows 10.
The team from HERE said they have no interest in developing an app for Windows 10, and they’re not willing to invest money in such a project. It looks like HERE Maps started a wave of developers and companies leaving Microsoft’s platform as many apps also dropped support for Windows 10 lately.
“In the last few months, we made the HERE apps compatible with Windows 10 by using a workaround that will no longer be effective after June 30, 2016. To continue offering the HERE apps for Windows 10 would require us to redevelop the apps from the ground up, a scenario that led to the business decision to remove our apps from the Windows 10 store.”
However, HERE Maps also said that it will continue supporting Windows Phone 8.1 by providing regular updates to users of this platform. In the end, HERE Maps hasn’t completely abandoned Microsoft since there are still a lot of people using it for Windows Phone 8.1.
Users are generally disappointed by all of this as HERE Maps was the first navigation choice for a lot of people. Microsoft is aware of that, and is constantly trying to improve its own Maps app in order to deliver a proper replacement for HERE Maps — but users still don’t seem so impressed.
Are you going to miss HERE Maps from Windows 10 Mobile? Or do you think Microsoft’s Maps app is actually a better solution? Tell us in the comments below!
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