HERE Maps officiallydevices on June 30, so users of these platforms need to turn to alternative apps, which include Microsoft’s very own Maps solution that’s integrated into the operating system (and using HERE data).
HERE announced earlier this year that it would remove its apps from Windows 10 stores in late June because the existing apps needed to be entirely rebuilt for the new operating system, and the company wasn’t willing to invest in such a project.
HERE Maps is one of the entities that weren’t purchased as part of Microsoft’s takeover of Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, and the company actually ended up being acquired by a German consortium of car manufacturers that included Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. The plan here was to use its mapping data for navigation systems on their vehicles.
Updates for Windows Phone 8.1 app
But as far as Windows 10 was concerned, HERE said that it was no longer interested in building an app for the platform and explained that, starting June 30, Windows 10 users would no longer be able to download it. Windows Phone 8.1, on the other hand, receives updates even after this date.
“In the last few months, we made the HERE apps compatible with Windows 10 by using a workaround that will no longer be effective after June 30, 2016. To continue offering the HERE apps for Windows 10 would require us to redevelop the apps from the ground up, a scenario that led to the business decision to remove our apps from the Windows 10 store,” the company announced earlier this year.
The good news is that Microsoft is trying to compensate for this departure by improving its own Maps app available on Windows 10, although we’re pretty sure that there are plenty of users out there who would have preferred to stick with HERE for a little longer.
Unfortunately, many more companies seem to wave goodbye to Windows phones these days, includingand , both of which removed their apps from Microsoft’s mobile platform.