HERE today, gone tomorrow; Nokia's former mapping app will leave the Windows 10 store on March 29th

HERE Maps app leaves the Windows 10 store on March 29th

HERE Maps app leaves the Windows 10 store on March 29th

Once upon a time, HERE Maps was considered one of the best things about owning a Nokia Lumia handset. But those days are long gone. Now, the mapping and navigation app can be used by iOS and Android devices as well as those powered by Windows, and the actual HERE Maps division has been sold to a trio of German auto makers looking to get a head start on producing driver-less autos.

While "the essence of the HERE apps lives on in the Windows Maps app," today HERE has announced that starting on March 29th, it will remove the HERE branded app from the Windows 10 store. Future development of the Windows Phone 8 version of the app will be limited to "critical bug fixes." Those seeking navigation, routes and maps can use the pre-installed Windows Maps app. This has been developed by Microsoft using the HERE platform, and assets that the software giant acquired back in 2014 from HERE.

The workaround that was required to use HERE Maps with Windows 10 Mobile will no longer work after June 30th. And too much work would be required to continue offering the app for that platform, such as redeveloping it from the ground up. With the Windows Maps app doing the same jobs that HERE used to do, those sporting a Windows 10 Mobile powered handset probably won't miss HERE at all.

As far as what the near future holds for the Microsoft built Windows Maps app, a post on Reddit by an alleged member of the Maps team with the handle Dave_MSFT revealed what's coming up. He said that an update to Maps for the insider builds will include an improved Drive Mode, more options for the arrow around the location marker, and the capability to perform a search along the route.


Thanks for the tip!

source: HERE360 via TheVerge, Reddit

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25 Comments

1. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

Oh what a pitty for Nokia's legacy: HERE Maps! *mourning*

2. Rafishant

Posts: 393; Member since: Oct 13, 2015

Windows phone is technically dead when Nokia has left the field. The only thing that made me go to Lumia was Nokia. Microsoft just destroyed everything great. They don't know how to support its platform and how to keep developers working on it. Microsoft should've given Nokia a full control to develop and evolve WP. RIP WP or WM, Whatever duh.

14. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I am guessing you and everyone in here did not read, here is baked into windows map, so everything that was there before will be in windows map..........so instead of having two apps that do the same thing.............IT WOULD BE ONE APP this for the people who do not want to read @rafishant @johnnokia @theo14461 and many more

25. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

@Gemmol HERE is not associated with Windows Maps. They are not doing this because of redundancy, the HERE team specifically said they did not want to piece together a port from the WP 8.1 HERE Maps and didn't want to build a new app for Windows 10 Mobile. They're not building a Windows 10 app simply because they found it not worth their time.

15. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I think Microsoft is doing well, building those bridges for developers to port their iOS and Android apps. Hopefully with Xamarin, they will also let Windows developers port apps to the other 2 platforms. As for Nokia.. They made a mistake letting Stephen Elop in.

28. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes WP is dead it is WM now! Don't think WM is dying it will grow. Apple is slowly dying i would say by 2020 apple will have lost a big chunk of market share!

29. Adreno

Posts: 755; Member since: Mar 12, 2016

May your dream come true!

3. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Hey Microsoft, Karma hurts, huh? Enjoy your burning platform!

16. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

I hit 'like' cuz it's funny. Windows 10 has some potential tho. Universal Apps, bridges for porting apps to and from the platform, Windows developers make good money too.. We'll see tho. Tough way ahead.

4. theo14461 unregistered

"HA HA!" Keep moving, or you'll die.

5. epdm2be

Posts: 816; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It looks as someone has forwarded s**tbag Elop's burning platform memo to these guys. :-)

6. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

Still love how people who don't use the platform rush over to say its dying. Not knowing here maps data is still used by windows maps, not knowing Nokia are the ones who designed the 950 & 950xl. Same people who don't acknowledge Sony is there favorite camera sensor.

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

People keep saying Windows smart phones are dead but forget that Microsoft is now directing ALL developers to make Microsoft "Universal Apps" for Windows 10 devices -WHY- because developers who makes Microsoft Universal Apps make an App that runs on a Microsoft Windows 10 Full Desktop PC, Laptop PC, Windows 10 Tablets like the Re known Award winning Surface Pro 3 and 4 Hybrid Tables and yes also work on a LOWLY not so Popular Windows 10 mobile smart phone. as the NEW MS Universal apps comes in Windows 10 mobiles smart phones will be able to use them

8. MiAnyemi

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Its really sad to see Nokia lose all that they have worked hard for.

9. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

the HERE suite of apps was a real perk of having a Nokia windows phone. shuttering the app for win 10 mobile really does show the grim state of the platform... :-/

17. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

For once, actually, this PA Windows article is not that negative. Usually they bash Windows bad.

19. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

This was supposed to be a reply to a different comment.

26. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I agree with that, but ironically, it is a rare time when a negative outlook would actually be warranted. Maps is not a replacement for or associated with HERE Maps... this is simply HERE saying Windows 10 is not worth their time to create brand new apps (they don't want to do a hack-ish port from WP 8.1 either).

10. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

LOL! Look how PA has used screenshot of Maps App of Windows 10 showing as HERE Maps! This News is INCOMPLETE, MS is integrating all HERE components to its own Maps, that's why HERE is abandoning Windows 10 Mobile App development! Such Noob writers and readers as well!

18. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

For once, actually, this PA Windows article is not that negative. Usually they bash Windows bad.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It used to be my go to map.

12. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Microsoft should consider making Windows OS Android version. There's no other way but to android. Its not too late MSFT.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

My guess is they already have. Just waiting for the right moment to launch. Imagine they already have launcher, keyboard, voice response, many app and services on play store. They even buy a major stake at cyanogen. If that is not obvious enough I don't know what else are.

20. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I dont understand why poeple want microsfot to make android phones? Blackberry is meant for security and they want to make andriod secure they made prive, it makes sense, but why on earth MS need to make an android as if there arent enough companies around? If at all MS take their moble devision seriously there wouldnt be any other platform competing it. Look at what they did to the laptops and tabs by releasing the Surface book and surface pro... they have cutting edge technology, but they are not foolish too.. Thye are just testing the water, and when they hit it, they are gonna hit so hard that google and apple will be thinking whats next? If at all if the rumors are true, if MS release the Surface Phone with pen support, and app developers create universal MS apps, the games is over for apple and android............

27. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

People really can't read! Here is baked in Windows Maps, it uses Here Maps for navigation!

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