By Alexandra Burlacu | Feb 22, 2014 08:40 AM EST
Nokia has announced that its popular HERE Maps will reach Windows 8.1 desktops, laptops, and tablets in the coming days.
Moreover, Nokia will also offer HERE Maps support for both the Windows 8.1 RT and Pro versions. Nokia's HERE Maps application has proved to be very popular among consumers, but it is currently available only for the Lumia 2520 tablet on Windows 8.1.
"Today we're delighted to announce that the HERE Maps application for Windows 8.1, currently only available on the Nokia Lumia 2520, will soon be available for all Windows 8.1 devices, including laptops, desktops and tablets. Both Windows RT and Pro devices will be supported. The app will be free and available from the Windows Store," reads Nokia's announcement.
For those unfamiliar with the offering, Nokia's HERE Maps is an all-in-one application that combines satellite, vector and 3D maps, points of interest, search and route planning, allowing users to easily get directions and more. In other words, it's Nokia's own alternative to Google Maps, Bing Maps, or other similar services.
One of the greatest features of Nokia's HERE Maps is that users can download their desired maps and use them offline when they don't have access to an Internet connection. Offline maps will launch quickly and seamlessly, and users will be able to use either the touch screen for navigation, or the computer's keyboard and mouse, if they so prefer.
"The offline maps load as quickly as your computer can manage, of course, so it's a lot faster than using a website for navigation. But there are also speed improvements to the online portions. City pages, for example, now load up to four times faster, thanks to the use of progressive rendering and some clever optimisations to the data transfers," Nokia further touts.
The release also supports Nokia's latest high-resolution satellite imagery, which marks a considerable improvement in terms of visibility at high zoom levels. Moreover, the app will keep a record of your search history, as well as your routes.
The Nokia HERE Maps app will roll out to Windows 8.1 devices "in the coming days" and will be available as a free application. The initial rollout will cover North America and Europe, with more regions likely to follow afterwards.