Microsoft's new Maps experience is now available for non-Redstone Windows 10 Mobile

Update: The refreshed Maps may only be available to those on the Insider Preview Release and not Production. If that is the case, we may still be a few weeks out before general release.

After a few months of testing, Microsoft has published their new Maps experience and redesign to all Windows 10 Mobile devices. Previously, only phones on the Fast or Slow Insider Ring were able to experience the complete UI redesign along with a new driving experience. Microsoft had announced the revamp back in March and just two months later it is completed and ready for prime time.

Today's update takes the build from v4.1603.1190 to 5.1603.1300.0 and although it is live for Mobile we do not yet see it for PC, although that will likely change soon.

Some of the features of the re-released Maps app include the addition of labels for search results, along with the ability to minimize searches, directions, and location info. Your favorite locations will now be accessible even if you're offline, and it's now easier to follow public transit routes thanks to detailed instructions. The full changelog is listed below:

  • You can now minimize search results, directions, and location info to enjoy more of the map, while keeping them in easy reach.
  • We added search to 3D cities so you no longer have to scroll to find the city you're looking for.
  • Your favorites are now available offline so you can truly enjoy your offline maps and take advantage of all the places you have saved. You can also add notes to your favorites to keep track of things you want to remember about that place.
  • When Cortana is enabled, you will receive turn-by-turn directions in Cortana's voice, currently supported for English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Simplified Chinese (China), French (France), Italian (Italy), German (Germany) and Spanish (Spain).
  • We've made it easier for you to follow your public transit route and know when it's time to get off the bus with updated turn-by-turn instructions.
  • And finally, based on the greatest amount of user feedback we've made improvements to the UI of turn-by-turn instructions to improve glanceability and the layout in landscape mode.

Head to the Store to grab the latest update or hit up the link below. Let us know what you think of the new Maps in comments!

Download Windows Maps for Mobile (opens in new tab)

Thanks, everyone for the tips!

Read more about the Maps update at the Windows Experience Blog.

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156 Comments
  • I miss the HERE on WP8.1 even no data or wifi still accurate tracking your location using offline maps.
  • Do a hard reset and stay off RS builds, you`ll still be able to have HERE Maps.
  • By June or July HERE will cease to function, hoping msft return that feature. Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    Build 10.0.10586.318
  • The only reason I don't use Windows Maps is it doesn't have compass. It lacks lots of places(at least places near where I live, compared to Here) as well.
  • That's odd as they use the Here data. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Yeah I was also wondering so. Couldn't find any definite reason.
    Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Did u download the maps manually, so u can use offline
  • Yeah I have offline maps downloaded, and the places I am talking about are within the offline maps area.
  • For w10m. It'll still be supported on 8(.1)
  • HERE offline maps was the reason I purchased a Windows Phone 8.1 device, since it worked without a data plan.  But now that I look back, I think HERE damaged WIndows Phone ecosystem, since people could get a phone without a data plan and benefit from this feature.  I think this wasn't liked by carriers, but we may never know, anyway what I want to say is that offline maps should not exist since some users make a lot of use of this feature and this feature should be available only for customers having data plans. This is to keep the mobile carriers economy healthy since they hire a lot of people and create a lot of jobs.  Just my 2 cents.
  • Still no folders for favorites...
  • Offline maps have worked and still work for Microsoft maps
  • I don't give a hoot about the mobile carriers. They don't create more jobs than other companies.
  • Of course, it used GPS.
  • But doesnt work on Windows Maps. Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    Build 10.0.10586.318
  • Try to turn off data and wifi, Windows Maps cant pinpoint your location unlike HERE (WP 8.1).
  • Because the gps is assisted by data conection. You can turn it off after you got a signal
  • I know, what im saying is that feature doesnt work on Win. Maps unlike HERE keeps you tracking whenever you and Win. Maps stuck on your last location (it doesnt know where you are). Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    Build 10.0.10586.318
  • On my lumia 930 it takes around 5 minutes at least to get a gps connection without internet be it on here maps under win 8.1 or win 10
  • Case close
    ---------------------------- Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    Build 10.0.10586.318
  • I'll test it out on my way home after work.
  • I just did a test without data connection, it took 3-5 minutes to get gps signal and then I did a successful drive on Windows Maps on just GPS. It works in offline mode without issues.
  • Yeah no issue for me. Turned flight mode on, left location services on. Maps found location instantly and displayed directions/tracked me to an inputted location. I have maps downloaded for my province. Only thing not working for me is voice dictation. Tried turning data back on to see if that fixed it. No luck. Region is Canada.
  • I've not experienced that. Seems very fast and effective to me. Maps on Windows 10 (Lumia Icon) is faster than HERE was on my 8.1 Lumia 928 (just upgraded as my only current option on Verizon. I wasn't expecting much of an improvement overall, but I must say that Win 10 on Icon is much better than 8.1 on 928, with a few exceptions that were better on 8.1 (very few). It does seem to run hotter and might have less battery life, but I think I could fix that with some tuning on which apps are allowed to run in the background.
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  • It works just perfect for me on 10586.318
    I have my Wifi - off
    Mobile data -off
    Location (GPS) - on. That's it. Sent from my Lumia 650 via the Windows Central app ;)
  • Doesnt work on me :(
    I wonder Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
    Build 10.0.10586.318
  • UK here, I use offline all the time when I'm in roaming areas, it picks up quickly here about 10-20 seconds after opening the app and I'm all set. May be an issue with where you are situated not having good coverage.
  • HERE continues to support viable platforms like Android. So your next Nokia can run HERE.
  • LOL, good one!
  • What is their motive by still updating those left over non redstone Windows Phones? I thought all good things will come to redstone, but I am surprised here. - Sent from Nokia Lumia 620 W10M Threshold Build 10586.318
  • Not sure why... the new Map's setup is much better!
  • Its sad neither lacks the wifisense markers unlike 8.1 maps
  • Good news!
  • Good to hear this, now that I`m not able to join RS ring ... at least the fast ring, since last build it`s been a pain for my Lumia 930 to keep it stable after I tried a hard reset, everything went to hell after that .. now I`m stuck into the production release till RS will be more stable.
  • If you want stable, stay away from preview releases altogether.
  • This last fast ring build has been stable for me.
  • Sure, some are better than others, but with each new build you run the risk of running into problems.   I felt it was worth the risk when W10M wasn't in production yet because it was so very different from 8, but now that I can get a stable production build, in my opinion, installing preview builds just to see a few minor tweaks a few weeks early is not worth the potential instability those builds bring.
  • I stayed Slow Ring until this last build. I'll probably slide the lever back down to the Slow Ring. That way I stay on this build until I read what is broken and what is fixed. My guess is that oh these last couple of months it shouldn't lose stability.
  • Release Candidate ring is solid. I've not had a single issue on Lumia Icon (basically just the Verizon version of the 930). Of course, that's not very far forward of a preview, but works great.
  • Its of no use for lumia 730 ....f**k you MS...lumia 730 owners are not able to use maps...fix gps problem first...
  • I am also facing the sae issue.
  • Daniel ...do u have any solution on this...????
  • Well that's cool... That's really the only reason I updated to Redstone. The maps app is beautiful
  • I know, right? When I backed down to production away from Redstone, the Maps is what I missed the most of the new features. I'm really happy having the maps app now, and I don't have to have an unstable phone to get it.
  • Strange, I updated, but it still looks the same.
  • Same here. Even though it updated it is still version v4.1603.1190 not the new version 5.1603.1300.0. If I go back and try to update again, update is not available now
  • You're absolutely right... I also updated Maps but it's still has the old look.
  • Same for me
  • An update has popped up twice now in the past twenty min. Each has reinstalled the older ver. 1190.0 strange
  • Ive seen the update three times now, and the same happens. Says it installs, and after opening its the same old build version
  • One month ago i succeeded with updating to v5 maps app. Now, after a hard reset, i am no longer able to download v5. An update is available, but it reinstalls v4 .1190. That sucks! I cannot use anymore the great features of the new app and i dont want to upgrade to Redstone since there are still too many bugs.
  • Does the new update still show the Speed Limit and current speed and ping you when you exceed the cushion on top of the speed limit?
  • It alerts you when you go over the limit by the set amount, and at that point shows you your current speed in the bottom right. Once you are below that threshold your current speed disappears. It's one of the things I don't like about the re-design from using it on Fast Ring. Couldn't find any settings to change this
  • Current speed being displayed will change depending on whether or not you are in landscape or portrait orientation, and if you have your display scaling low enough to be in "tablet mode" scaling. You don't have to go over to see it if you do the proper orientation, which is stupid. It needs to show in both orientations.
  • Unfortunately it doesn't show current speed unless you're over the limit you've set for yourself.
  • Oh, that sucks.  I like to see my current speed on the GPS.  It's more accurate than the car's own speedometer.
  • I suggest speeding at all times. You'll get where you're going faster, your car will be more fun to drive, and you'll be able to see the speed on your Maps app, just like you wanted.
  • Sage advice :-)
  • Nice! although public transport information for my country dissapeared. :S Hoprefully it will appear again soon.
  • Does your country still exist? If not, that would explain it.
  • That made me laugh.  :-)
  • Well, this would make the assumption that MS has made that information available for every country in the world, which I highly doubt. IIRC, it's not present for my country, or not for every city. And believe me, it exists, I'm here and it's still on the map.
  • No update for Lumia 735.... Does any one got it? TH xx.318
  • i got a 735 and there was an update in store. But i checked that, after the update, my maps version is 4.1603.1190 and not 5.1603.1300.0
  • No update for Lumia 430...
  • I updated it today in the morning. But no changes there!
    L640/.318
  • It's still