The Windows Phone world is still reeling from the rather sad news that HERE is pulling their apps and support from Microsoft's mobile OS. Once a crown jewel of Windows Phone HERE is now being jettisoned for a native solution.
Speaking of built-in maps Microsoft is giving a bit of a tease about what is coming next to Insider builds for Windows 10 Mobile. In a commend on reddit, a Microsoft employee on the Maps team named Dave_MSFT gave a glimpse of what Insiders can expect in the near future:
"We have an exciting update coming soon to insider builds, including an improved drive mode. We will also be addressing other top feedback I have been collecting from you guys as well as the Windows Feedback app in this update and in updates to come. Stay tuned "
In a follow up comment, Dave expanded upon the news:
"Better drive UI is part of this initial update...We are exploring options around the arrow on the location marker (compass). Being able to search along the route is a great suggestion that I will bring back to the team. I will take your other feedback to the team as well!"
Microsoft's native Maps app has made significant progress over the last few months in adding new features and many improvements. However, building an app from scratch that should have parity with the competition is no simple task and the company clearly has a lot of work left to do.
At least for now, those who are committed to Windows 10 Mobile have something to look forward to in the immediate future. Whether or not it will meet everyone's need or improve mapping outside the US is unclear.
- Microsoft will continue to use HERE Maps data but many questions remain
- Check out these great alternatives to HERE Maps for Windows 10 Mobile
Thanks, Rudy, for the tip