After a lot of speculation, HERE finally discontinued its mapping service for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile last month. The company decided to completely focus on Android and iOS markets, and even made its app for these platforms better than ever with a recent re-branding. In case you still haven’t heard, HERE Maps is now HERE WeGo and contains a lot of innovative mapping and navigation features.
Of course, the new HERE WeGo app is available on both Android and iOS, but what about Windows 10? We’re sure some Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile users were intrigued by the re-branding, as they might thought their favorite mapping app could actually arrive to Windows, as well. Unfortunately, that is very unlikely to happen.
As the company clearly stated before, to make HERE Maps compatible with Windows 10, they would need to develop a brand new app for Microsoft’s platform, which is something they have no intention of doing. However, HERE Maps is still available on Windows Phone 8.1, but it also won’t be re-branded to Here WeGo, leaving users with an old, outdated app.
“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.”
Windows 10 Mobile indeed doesn’t feel like a lucrative market, especially with many developers recently leaving it. However, HERE Maps was arguably the most popular mapping service on Microsoft’s platform, so even if the company decided to stay in the game, they wouldn’t run out of users.
We also have to say that HERE didn’t actually confirm its re-branded app won’t come to Windows 10, but with all company’s previous statements in mind, it’s pretty unlikely to happen. Of course, if some miracles happen, and HERE decides to develop a new Windows 10 app after all, we’ll make sure to let you know.
What do you think about HERE WeGo’s chances of coming to Windows 10? Are you disappointed you’re forced to leave your favorite mapping service? Let us know in the comments.
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