HERE today, here tomorrow; Nokia to keep licensing its mapping application to Microsoft

HERE today, here tomorrow; Nokia to keep licensing its mapping application to Microsoft
With rumors floating around that Nokia is going to pull its HERE maps out of the Windows Phone platform, that speculation was shot down today. A Nokia spokesman said on Thursday that "HERE is powering Windows Phone and that's not going to change." At the time that Microsoft closed on its purchaser of Nokia Devices and Services, Microsoft had signed a four year contract to use HERE in Windows Phone, stated the Nokia spokesman.

But now that Nokia is no longer responsible for Windows Phone hardware, there is no reason why the company shouldn't try to license HERE to all platforms. "We used to develop for 'Windows Phone first," the Nokia spokesperson noted, but he added that the firm now views all operating systems as equal.

Besides keeping its mapping data and related technology, Nokia continues to own its intellectual property, and has given Microsoft the rights to use these patents for ten years. On the flip side, Nokia is allowed to use patents that Microsoft has received for improvements and features related to HERE.


source: CNET

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13 Comments

1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Microsoft and Nokia are tight.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You mean Nokia and Lumia phones, cuz they still care about their old customers.....

13. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

You do!

11. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Yes, it certainly seems so doesn't it

2. keekguy

Posts: 40; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Here maps are even better than google and better than better to apple's one

4. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Indeed....

8. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We know because we uses it.....Nokia Map is amazing....

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Still missing N8 connect with Nokia Suite....and uploading maps in my N8.

5. Damo579

Posts: 264; Member since: May 18, 2013

This means that Nokia are making their suite of Here apps for IOS and Android also. There is an article on WPCentral explaining this.

6. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I have tried Google Maps, Waze, Bing Maps and Here... Been a witness to Apple Maps... there is no contest for me, Here IS the best... In fact, when there was a point on the WP platform that maps were omitted... in favor of Here... and I was OK with it (a little irked, as Bing Maps is also helpful depending on the circumstance.) In fact, the entire HERE suite is amazing! Not perfect, but closest from the above mentioned options for my tastes and needs (... so far).

7. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

Perhaps some small map data update for symbian? Pretty please.

10. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

no comparison here is here

12. jojon

Posts: 433; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

Here aps on top, then daylight back to whoever you want to be second. Simply the best navigation apps out there...period.

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