Here Maps announced it's dropping much of its support for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile, Engadget reports. Yes, this even includes the Maps app installed on Windows 8 PCs.
In a post published on HERE's official blog, the company said, "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".
When Microsoft purchased Nokia in 2014, however, it didn't purchase the Here team with it. Rather, the Here app was snapped up recently by a consortium of major German vehicle makers made up of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes - and they evidently want to focus on iOS and Android.
Twitter is overhauling its Windows 10 app today, and that means that users with Windows 10 phones will be receiving an update that brings all the latest Twitter features. Things appear to be different with the upcoming update for Windows Maps, which packs at least one noteworthy change.
Coming to Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices, HERE claims that it will not affect owners as HERE will continue to provide support in the form of critical bug fixes (with no developments).
There is no word on when that update will be officially available to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile users.
However, it is thought that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the Lumia 430, Lumia 435, Lumia 532, Lumia 535, Lumia 540, Lumia 635 (1 GB RAM), Lumia 640, Lumia 640 XL, Lumia 735, Lumia 830, and Lumia 930 will all be able to upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile. As the market evolves, we keep in step by introducing our apps for new operating systems while stopping support for others. These applications will be removed from the Microsoft Store after 29 of March.