Microsoft is discontinuing offline maps in the Maps app for Windows 11 by the end of 2023. This means that users will not be able to download and view maps offline within the app.
Users who rely on offline maps in Windows 11 should start looking for alternative solutions now
As spotted by MSPowerUser, upon opening the Maps app in Windows 11, users will notice an alert that says “By the end of 2023, offline maps will no longer be available in the Maps app. After that date, you will not be able to view maps in the app.”
The decision to discontinue offline maps is likely due to the expiration of an agreement between Microsoft and Nokia’s Here, which provides the map data for offline maps in Windows. Microsoft acquired Nokia’s Here mapping and navigation business in 2015, but the agreement between the two companies is set to expire in 2023.
This decision is likely to be disappointing for some users, especially those who rely on offline maps in areas with poor or no internet connectivity. However, there are a number of third-party apps that offer offline maps, such as OSMAnd, Sygic, and Navmii. Some of these apps are free, while others require a subscription.
Microsoft has not announced any plans to replace offline maps in Windows. However, the company has said that it is “committed to providing the best possible navigation experience for our customers.” It is possible that Microsoft will develop its own offline maps solution in the future, or that it will partner with another company to provide offline maps in Windows.
As for now, users who rely on offline maps in Windows 11 should start looking for alternative solutions. There are a number of third-party apps available, such as OSMAnd and Sygic, which offer offline maps for Windows. Google Maps also offers an offline mode, but it is only available in the mobile version of the app.