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:
In a follow up comment, Dave expanded upon the news:
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
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