Microsoft announces Nokia Map Technology for Windows Phone 8

As expected, Microsoft today announced Nokia Map Technology as the core navigation of Windows Phone 8.

Featuring offline support,  NAVTEQ map data, map control for developers to integrate into their apps and full turn by turn directions, Windows Phone 8 will finally have a top line navigation system for free use.

As we mentioned previously, this mapping technology will be hardware accelerated giving a great user experience. 


Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I have a Lumia but I hope everyone gets this
  • Rad! Does this differ from Nokia Drive in any way. It's impressive how you're able to crank out these articles so quickly. Keep up the good work!
  • Proud to hold a Nokia Device and be a Nokian.. :)
  • Yes! Nokia maps makes Google maps feel outdated & sluggish. Another bad news for Android
  • Good to hear officially but this isn't new info.
  • Actually, it is. We're the first site to break this news last week. That was the first time it was publicly leaked.
  • Damnnnnnn
  • Yeah most of the things *officially* announced are what we've already learnt bout ^.^ thanks to Daniel & WPcentral .
  • Will the maps come for 7.8 ?
  • That's the question that matters, since the mobiles of everyone in this forum here will be stuck at wp7.8
    Daniel, any ideas?
  • I strongly believe all current phones will get it because it's just going to be an update of the Nokia Drive that we currently have on the Lumia devices.
  • Does this mean you will not have to use up your data to use Nokia Maps?  I only have a 200MB plan.
  • I guess since they are offline you can airplane mode will GPS driving
  • Damn I dont know how you manage to stay under your 200mb limit. :)
  • REALLY hope my 710 gets this with 7.8 update. im going travelling and want to view maps without using data. im on foot so DRIVE is no good!! cmon nokia.....PLEASE!!!