Back a few months ago, Nokia entered the hyper competitive tablet market with the Lumia 2520 (review), a Windows RT device that has received a lot of high praise, even if limited availability. That device also had some exclusive software on board, including a full HERE Maps suite.

Today, Nokia has announced that a new and improved version of HERE Maps is coming to all Windows 8.1 devices over the coming days. HERE Maps have always been really fun to use, but with the syncing ability between Lumias phones and HERE Maps on a PC, it should take it to the next level.

The news was announced on the HERE blog Three-Sixty. New features for this universal updated version include:

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  • Speed – “The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it’s a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions.”
  • Mouse + keyboard support for traditional PC users, in addition to the continued support of touch displays
  • Latest high-resolution satellite imagery

HERE Maps currently offers vector, satellite and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning.  Users can also optionally download maps for offline use, similar to how Windows Phone currently handle HERE Maps as well.

Nokia confirms that RT devices, like the Surface 2, and ‘Pro devices’, like any PC or x86 hybrid, will support the re-launched HERE Maps for 8.1. We’ll keep you posted when the app goes live in the Windows Store.

Source: Three Sixty; Thanks, Sarang D., for the tip