Windows Maps is built into Windows 10 on PCs and phones, allowing users to favorite locations to their Microsoft account, get directions and browse rich cartographical data powered by the HERE mapping platform. The same data powers Cortana's mapping search queries in addition to the maps section on Bing.com.
Windows Maps is currently downloadable from the Xbox One Summer Update version of the app store, but it's sadly inaccessible for the time being.
When you download the app, you're greeted by the splash screen above (thanks, Alex Kaine!), indicating that the app is still in development. Groove Music used a similar "coming soon" message while the team added some additional polish before setting it loose onto the Xbox One Preview earlier in the week.
If you have never used Windows Maps before, it should look a little something like its PC version depicted below.
One of the coolest things about Windows Maps is that features fully 3D locations. It'll be interesting to see how Microsoft adapts Windows Maps' input methods and features for use on the console.
With the Universal Windows Platform now on the Xbox, there really is no limit when it comes to new apps and functionality. There's little doubt in mind that we'll eventually see the new UWP version of Skype, social media apps like Twitter, and even Microsoft Office eventually hit the console.
What UWP app would like to see hit Xbox One? Let us know in the comments.
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