As if the forecast of major apps leaving the Windows Phone platform weren’t bad enough, one of the major apps that originated on the platform, HERE maps has announced it will not support the latest version of the OS, Windows 10. That means that any Windows 10 devices won’t be able to download or access the HERE suite of apps, including Maps, Drive, Transit and other services.
Meanwhile users on Windows Phone 8 will still be able to use the service, but all support is limited to only critical bug fixes, without the addition of any new features. The apps will remain in the store until March 29th, but will cease to work on Windows 10 devices come June 30th
“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.”
Given the fact that HERE maps was once a Lumia and Windows Phone exclusive, it’s certainly sad to see how the tables have turned, where it is now fully supported on Android and iOS, with hardly a shred of love to Windows Phone. Almost as if it were a burning platform… or something.