A brief look at the Maps turn by turn interface in Windows Phone 8

k56eteWe posted earlier today that the Maps app in Windows Phone 8 may underwhelm those who were hoping for a major change from the use of Nokia mapping data.

The only element we had missing from the interface was the actual turn by turn directions. The above video by BWOne however does give a brief look at the interface, from the 3:30 mark, which shows subtle differences from the current Bing Maps experience, but not really that much.

We also received this screen shot from a tipster also showing the interface, and which alarmingly did not come with voice guidance.

This omission may however only be regional, but even then this suggests the current issue of the have and have nots of Microsoft’s global services will continue.

What the above video does demonstrate however is that apps will be able to link directly to the navigation feature, which is of course a desirable feature.

It also appears that Nokia Windows Phones will come with two navigation solutions, Maps by Microsoft and Nokia Drive +, and that Maps will be the default app, when Nokia Drive + will likely offer a much better experience. In some ways it seems the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Special thanks to our tipster.

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