HERE drops support for Windows 10, will remove its apps from the Store

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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You are probably familiar with app developer HERE and its apps. HERE apps on Windows 10 had a rocky start, but eventually the issues between them were resolved. Not that long ago, HERE Maps, Drive+ and Transit Now became available to all Windows 10 Mobile users. But even after what appeared to be mutually beneficial relationship, HERE and Windows 10 are now parting ways.

HERE will drop support for Windows 10 and Windows 8.1

Officials from HERE have confirmed that they are dropping support for Windows 10 Mobile devices. According to their official statement, HERE developers used a workaround to bring their apps to Windows 10, a workaround that won’t work after June 30th, 2016. Since all HERE apps are currently using this workaround on Windows 10 Mobile, HERE would be forced to use a different approach regarding its Windows 10 optimization.

What does that mean? Well, for one, all HERE apps would need to be rewritten from scratch, a proposition so expensive and time-consuming that the development team decided to abandon support for Windows 10 Mobile altogether. According to HERE officials, all HERE apps will continue working on Windows 10 Mobile until June 30, 2016 — even if they won’t be available to download on the Store after March 29, 2016.

HERE is determined to drop support for Windows 10, but what about Windows 8.1? If you’re a Windows 8.1 user, you’ll be pleased to know that all HERE apps will continue working without any problems even after June 30th. Even though HERE apps will still work on Windows 8.1, HERE won’t be updating or releasing any new features for these versions.

This is unfortunate news for all users of HERE apps on Windows 10. It is sad to see that after so many difficulties, HERE has decided to completely abandon Windows 10 and Windows 8.1 platform. Since HERE won’t be developing Windows apps anymore, all users of HERE apps are advised to switch to different GPS app before June 30th, 2016. Luckily for you, we have quite a few GPS apps from the Windows you can try.

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