Windows Phone Team Working On Next Generation Maps Experience

Its not surprising to see that Windows Phone team is working on next generation maps experience on Windows Phone platform. But its always nice to know how each team look into their future. Below is the job post from Windows Phone team for Software Engineer to work on maps experience team. They are looking for people to extend the definition of maps from just a navigation tool to a dynamic canvas that can be used for overlaying rich location-centric data (e.g. transit information) and creating brand new experiences (e.g. map of a popular sightseeing tour).

From job post,

We are looking for a strong and experienced SDET to help build and test the next generation Maps experience on Windows Phone. As a member of the team you will be instrumental in building the best experience on any phone for discovering and getting to places in the real world. This will go far beyond the experience of today with looking up the address of a place and finding directions using a map. Places in future versions of Windows Phone will be contextually relevant and dynamic, with information like reviews from social networks, live events, offers/coupons and other rich information on a global scale. Maps will be a tightly coupled experience that will cover the basic end user expectations (e.g. get me directions) that users associate with a place. You will help extend the definition of maps from just a navigation tool to a dynamic canvas that can be used for overlaying rich location-centric data (e.g. transit information) and creating brand new experiences (e.g. map of a popular sightseeing tour).

With Nokia’s Navteq on board for Bing already, we may see some significant updates from Bing Maps team in the next version of  Windows Phone. You can find the job post here.

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