Microsoft has updated the Maps platform for the Windows 10 Creators Update

With the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft is updating their Maps platform with a new look to make it consistent between web and UWP apps. They have updated the 3D engine and added new offline capabilities, routing and others. Microsoft today announced the availability of  new set of Map Styling APIs for Windows 10 Map Control. These new styling APIs will enable developers to customize the look and feel of the map canvas on the fly inside their apps. These new customization features are supported for all regions except for China, Japan and South Korea. Since vector mode supports offline storage for all layers, the maps customization feature is available for both online and offline modes. Microsoft is supporting the following Map Styles:

  • Spooky Map: The Spooky road map style is rendered by Windows 10 Map Control through changing the land color, the color for the neighborhood labels and the fill color for areas such as airports, cemeteries and education structures.
  • Winter Map: The Winter road map style is rendered by Windows 10 Map Control through changing the land color, the color for neighborhood labels and the fill color for the areas such as cemeteries, education structures and military bases.
  • Gray Map: The Gray road map style is rendered by Windows 10 Map Control through changing the land and water color, the color for all labels and the fill color for all areas and map elements such as roads, railways, runways, transportation network lines and structures.

In addition to styling, Microsoft is also releasing improved 3D Maps engine. Today they are announcing a new MapElement called MapBillboard which can be used to display images or signage on the 3D map. MapBillboard displays an Image at a specific location on the map. It acts as if it was part of the 3D scene: the image scales with the rest of the 3D scene as the camera zooms and pans.

Read more about other improvements to the Maps platform on Windows 10 here.

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