First look at the Windows 8 Metro Map app

First look at the Windows 8 Metro Map app

Summary: Mapping is a mandatory app for tablets and mobile devices and Windows 8 is in compliance with their obligation. Here is a first look at this Metro UI app.


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  • The Metro UI in Microsoft Windows 8 is designed for tablets and smartphones, so it has some nearly obligatory apps. One of those standard apps is Maps. The Windows 8 Map app is your basic functional map application with features like location finding, street and aerial overlays, directions, and traffic reports. As you can see in this screenshot gallery, while there is nothing groundbreaking, it does work well for your basic Map app.

    The first question for any mapping app is to ask permission to find where you are currently located.

    Images by Mark W. Kaelin for TechRepublic

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  • It located my current location without the benefit of a GPS .

    Images by Mark W. Kaelin for TechRepublic

  • CBS Interactive offices of TechRepublic are located in a suburban office part, complete with a pond and water fowl.

    Images by Mark W. Kaelin for TechRepublic

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