Today in a blog post Microsoft has announced their plan to bring more improvements in their universal map platform with addition of new functionality and improve map control in Creators Update.
We have a lot of updates we’ll go through, but I wanted to discuss a few upfront, designed to empower the creator in all of us.
- Ink on aerial mode – make any view of maps your own by adding rich annotations with Windows Ink. Planning an off-road hike, calculating the distance, and marking a mid-way spot for lunch becomes easier when you can personalize and write on your map, just like you would with a pen.
- Create your own collections – from all the places you want to hit on a trip, to frequent places you go with your kids, to spelling out a proposal through a collection of coffee shops, creating and organizing collections can both help you stay organized and let you express yourself
- Contribute to improve the map data – if you have a correction for a restaurant’s open hours or know a road is missing, you can tell us and help get things improved for yourself and the community
- New capabilities for Developers, such as styling API that will allow developers to customize the look and feel of the map canvas on the fly.
This is just the beginning for us, and you’ll see more capabilities for Creators in the next year. Continue reading for more details on what’s new in the mapping experience for all Windows 10 devices, now available as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update.
We made underlying improvements that give our maps a cleaner, more beautiful and realistic look.
What does it mean to users is that with upcoming updates, we will have the same experience while using the service in different platform such as PCs and phones, but also Xbox and HoloLens. We will be able to customize routes with multiple stops making it easier for us to travel. Also there would be a dark mode for users.