HERE Maps drops support for Windows 10/Windows Phone 8.1 and it's Microsoft's fault


HERE Maps is dropping support for Windows 10 and its Windows Phone 8.1 app and it's Microsoft's fault?
Here is a the statement HERE Maps released regarding why they are dropping support:

"Although the essence of the HERE apps lives on in the Windows Maps app, we are removing the HERE branded apps from the Windows 10 store on March 29, 2016 and will limit the development of the apps for Windows Phone 8 to critical bug fixes."

They also gave a more detailed reason why:

"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.
This means the HERE apps will no longer work on devices running Windows 10 mobile after June 30, 2016. To prepare for this change, we have also decided to remove the HERE apps from the Windows 10 store on March 29, 2016."

So essentially, for HERE to fully support Windows 10 they would have to redevelop their app from the ground up and this apparently sounds like a lot of work, so they made thee financially sound decision to drop support altogether and save that buck.

To be fair, it was the right decision, after all, Microsoft's Map app is run using HERE service and technology, so there really wasn't any need for a HERE Map in the store

So what do you guys think? Will you miss HERE maps? Or are you like me and have already switched to Microsoft's Map app.



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