Here-branded mapping applications have long been available on Windows Phone-powered smartphones but from now on that’s not going to be the case. The Here Maps team has confirmed that they’re dropping support for Here-branded apps for Windows Phone and Windows 10. From now on the team is going to limit its development on this platform to fixing critical bugs found in apps for Windows Phone 8.

Here spokesperson Pino Bonetti explains that Here apps were made compatible with Windows 10 by using a workaround that’s no longer going to be effective after June 30th. To continue offering the apps for Windows 10 the team will have to redevelop the apps from scratch and this scenario has led to a “business decision” to remove the apps from the Windows 10 Store.

What this means is that Here apps are no longer going to work on devices powered by Windows 10 Mobile after June 30th, 2016. It has also been decided to remove the apps from the Windows 10 Store on March 29. The team recommends using the pre-installed Windows Maps app for maps, routes and navigation, it says that the “essence” of Here apps lives in the Windows Maps app.

Since Here is deeply integrated into Windows Phone 8 the apps will continue to work without any disruption for Windows Phone 8-powered handsets. However a business decision has been made to stop development of new features and the apps will only be supported for crucial bug fixes now.

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