Windows Phone 8 will reportedly bring 3D Nokia Maps and Skype integration

Ian Hardy

June 12, 2012 9:16am


Microsoft and Nokia have been in a “strategic partnership” for well over a year now. This brought Windows Phone to Nokia devices as its “primary smartphone strategy”, plus in turn saw Nokia Maps become “a core part of Microsoft’s mapping services.”

This past January Stephen Elop, Nokia’s CEO, gave a bit of an insight into the future of Nokia Maps and Bing Maps by stating that “Part of the relationship we established with Microsoft is that we are clearly placing a bet on the Windows Phone platform. [In return] they are placing a bet on our location-based platform: mapping, navigation and so forth. In the time ahead, what you will see is, across all the Microsoft properties including Bing maps, more and more work will be done by Nokia.”

New rumours today reveal that Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS will see the full transition occur of Nokia Maps replace Bing Maps. That’s expected and really not new, but to keep up with Google Maps and Apple’s new Map app in iOS 6 will see Nokia introduce 3D maps, plus make it available to users offline. In addition, another rumour is that the Microsoft-owned Skype, which has over 200 million registered users, will be fully integrated into your contact book.

We might see these new features next week as Microsoft has planned an event that will show off “the future of Windows Phone.”

Source: WPCentral
Via: PhoneArena

  • WP74Life

    Still the best out there.
    Don’t worry you still can trade your andro-crap for a WP device. Then, you will finally feel like you have spend good money on something usefull that worth it.
    And you will be loved, have friends and a life.
    Windows Phone is the only way, to success.

    • BB10FanBoy

      Enjoy it while it last…
      When BB10 gets released it will blow your mind off so much you will want to throw your WP device away!

      Brace Yourselves for the supreme device!

    • WP74Life

      Shit man,, drugs are kinda intense these days!
      BB10 will come out in 3 years with non-native e-mail just like QNX ( which was a big fail btw ).
      I hope you like to swim because the BB boat is sinking faster than ever!

  • astudent

    Nokia Maps > Google >Bing, at least from my experience so far (can’t wait to try iOS 6’s maps in the fall)

  • yanic Lemaire

    With google and apple bringing 3d and voice… they had no choice lol

  • andro-fanboy

    Galaxy S3 …. what can wp-fan can do about that ? More Crying maybe ?

    • Keith

      “Galaxy S3 …. what can wp-fan can do about that”

      We can thank the universe there is a company like Nokia that knows how to build awesome, stylish devices.

      The word is starting to get out about Windows Phone and once the non-techies realize that WP the best mobile experience to be had then Lumias will be selling more than Galaxies. The S3 looks like HTC designed it.