HERE pulls out of Windows maps, navigation apps support

HERE pulls out of Windows maps, navigation apps support


US: HERE is pulling out operations from Windows Store. The same was confirmed as the company announced to pull its maps and navigation apps from the Windows Store. In a company blog that was posted on HERE’s official website on Tuesday, stated HERE's plans to remove its apps from Windows 10 store from March 29, 2016.  

The news came as a surprise as HERE has recently brought HERE Maps, Drive+ and Transit apps back to the Windows Store. "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 HERE blog also claims "the essence of the HERE apps lives on in the Windows Maps app." Microsoft is currently beta testing a revamped, Universal Windows Platform version of its Maps app for Windows 10.

As far as HERE's blog post states:

I – and others who pay attention to Microsoft – don't know of anything that would require HERE to "redevelop" its existing Windows 8 apps "from the ground up." Other developers with Windows 8 apps haven't complained about this in upgrading their apps to support Windows 10. We also don't know why the workaround that enabled the company to bring their apps to the Windows 10 Store won't work after June 30.

Source: ZedNet