The Windows smartphone ecosystem has just suffered a huge setback. Further development of HERE apps and services for Windows 10 Mobile is being halted after June 20, 2016 and the apps will be removed from the Windows 10 store on March 29th. While the Windows Phone 8 apps will continue to work, they will only get critical bug updates after that date. Simple verdict: HERE apps for Windows smartphones are dead.
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.
HERE Maps is one of the finest smartphone navigation apps around, and this loss is just a bad one. Microsoft’s own map app is still available for Windows 10 Mobile users. While it uses HERE data, it just doesn’t measure up to HERE. As far as I can tell, the Windows smartphone world has lost a gem.