Update: The HERE team has posted an official update on this stating: "we have noticed some discussions in the blogosphere about HERE on Windows Phone. We want to clarify that we are committed to providing great products and consumer experiences for Windows based phones. We will continue to support our HERE apps to ensure that they will be compatible with future versions of Windows."

Original story: It looks like Microsoft is taking over development of HERE Maps for Windows Phone from Nokia. The change comes after it was revealed that Nokia was looking to develop the client from the ground up for Android and iOS platforms.

That's according to what Udo Szabo, Director of Product Marketing at HERE, said to Finnish publication DigiToday (translated):

When did Nokia phones, our goal was slightly different. Now we are developing applications on the basis of a realistic market. Microsoft will pay our maps license fees and is responsible for application development.

Now before you guys say that Nokia is abandoning Windows Phone users, that does not seem to be the case here at all. It looks like the Finnish vendor is focusing its attention on bringing the Android and iOS clients up to par with the Windows Phone version. Microsoft has already licensed the map data from Nokia, and now will also oversee development of the apps for Windows Phone.

As for Nokia, it will be launching an iOS client for HERE next year following the successful launch of HERE Maps on Android earlier this month. If you're interested in knowing more on Nokia's plans for HERE, head here.

Source: DigiToday