Nokia has announced that it will be publishing HERE Maps app on the Windows Store to spread its mapping service across the Windows ecosystem.

Almost all together with revamped Google Maps for desktops, Nokia has made an important announcement to compete with its rival mapping service. HERE Maps now will be available for all devices based on Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 for free.

Until now, Nokia’s mapping service was limited to Windows Phone, Android, and in-house the Lumia 2520 tablet running Windows RT 8.1. In coming days, the Lumia maker will publish the app on the Windows Store for all Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 devices.

Undoubtedly, HERE Maps is one of the best mapping service that users can find on a Windows Phone smartphone. The first version for bigger displays was showcased for only Nokia’s Lumia 2520 tablet in late October 2013 in Abu Dhabi, and published on the store in mid-November 2013.

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In addition to the features (Satellite and 3D views, points of interest, route planning, and offline maps), the newer version of the app will integrate five new features, including a few options for the non-touch systems.

Compared to the original version, now the HERE Maps will be more intuitive and faster including progressive rendering, and a few optimizations that will have a positive impact on the data transfer.

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Additionally, with high zoom levels, the app will save the routes and search history; and it’ll preload in the background to open-up instantly. The Finnish company will begin the rollout process – gradually – in the United States and Europe in coming days.

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