Windows Phone users, soon to be just plain Windows users with the release of Windows 10, are going to be in for a better navigation experience when Microsoft’s newest, cross-platform, operating system launches later this year.
The company is busy trialling an updated Maps app for Microsoft mobile devices that are in on their ongoing Technical Preview event, and they’re promising a much improved experience compared to previous outings.
How have they improved it? Well, they’re claiming that their new Maps app will feature the “…best maps, aerial imagery, rich local search data, and voice guided navigation experiences from both Bing Maps and HERE maps, integrated together for the first time into a single app for Windows.”
That’s not a bad roster of items, and it’s about time that Microsoft made a few upgrades. They’ve also improved navigation on touch-enabled devices like phones, integrated Bing searches for points of interest and they’re also taking traffic into account when plotting your routes. Nice.
Group Program Manager for the Maps Team in the Windows PC, Phone, and Tablet Group Aaron Butcher says “Maps delivers a single and consistent mapping experience across all your Windows devices. Whether you’re on your PC in the office, or using your Windows phone on the go, Maps offers you the features and tools you need to explore and navigate the world.”
Source: Blogging Windows