In Windows Phone 7, Bing has been powering the search and mapping. And to be honest, Bing Maps suck. They’re a horrible mapping app. Fortunately, Microsoft has a solution and that includes Nokia. As part of Windows Phone 8, the maps will come from Nokia (their subsidiary Navteq to be precise.) Navteq is as good as Google Maps if not better, and works well even outside the US.
The leaked Windows Phone 8 SDK has revealed what’s coming as part of Microsoft’s Nokia partnership:
- Maps will be available in 4 modes
- There will be maps that can be downloaded for offline mapping
- Devs will have access to these downloaded maps
- Some locations will have 3D maps
And the big thing is Offline maps:
Finally. Windows Phone 8 maps will be something useful.