Windows Maps Gets Live Stream Footage and Santa Claus Tracking

By: Ivan Jenic
2 minute read

We already told you that Microsoft plans to replace HERE Maps with its own Maps app (or at least, it looked like that), and now, the company delivered an update for its new Maps. The new update brought a couple of new features, like lane guidance in turn-by-turn navigation and the ability for users to pin their Work and Home locations to Start, as a live tile.

Microsoft also cares about keeping your Christmas spirit, so it added a special feature, which allows you to track Santa Claus! But unfortunately, this feature is not available worldwide, so some Santa Claus-believers won’t have fun tracking their favorite white bearded guy.

New Features from the Latest Windows Maps Update

Here’s the list of all important changes that the latest update brought to Windows Maps:

  • See live images from over 35,000 traffic cameras across 12 different countries or regions
  • Find Santa and follow him as he travels around the world on December 24th
  • Select a business name on the map to see contact info, hours and more

Another addition (probably the biggest addition that isn’t noted in the changelog) to Microsoft’s Maps app is the new Cameras option, which allows you to watch live stream footage from available traffic cameras. Unfortunately, just like Santa Claus tracker, this feature also isn’t available worldwide, as it’s mainly limited to Northern America, but Bing recently added support for 35,000 traffic cameras across 11 countries, so it might be available in your country, as well.

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Will all these fun and useful features convince you to use Windows Maps, or you prefer HERE Maps (which appears to still be available on Windows 10) more? Tell us your opinion in the comments. You can also tell us, is HERE Maps app still working for you?

You can download the latest version of Windows Maps from the Store for free.

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