Whether you are looking for directions to a destination or traffic condition updates or other travel information, the drill up to now has been to go to the usual suspects online — Google Maps, Bing Maps or Mapquest. But you can save a step in Windows 10 since it sports a just-as-resourceful Map app a click away in the Start menu?
Powered by Bing and using the powerful HERE Technologies navigation (formally NAVTEQ and Nokia), Windows Maps works equally well on PCs and tablets. It not only gets you from one place to another, it adds a carload of relevant information (restaurants, hotels, gas stations) related to your destination and points along the way.
To make your journey in Windows 10 Maps easier and quicker, here’s a road map to finding your way around its bountiful features from its intuitive iconography to its downloadable offline maps.
Buttons Help Find Your Way Around the Map
Maps works best when you are connected online, logged in to your Microsoft account, and optionally giving permission to location services. ( If you think letting Microsoft know your location is too intrusive, turn off Location services in Settings+Privacy.). With the location service turned on, the opening map will center the area around where your computer is at that moment with a target dot at map center. GPS Maps features work optimally (and only) with Location services turned on.