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Nokia has finally released app optimized for all Windows 8.1 devices, providing offline maps and other new key features.

As reported earlier, Nokia has extended the availability of its mapping service and released HERE Maps optimized for all Windows 8.1 devices. It’s version 3.0.6.1295 and incorporates all the features, providing an identical user experience that of the Lumia smartphones.

HERE Maps for Windows 8.1 is absolutely free and allows you to download offline maps so as not to worry about Wi-Fi or data connection. Furthermore, it also lets you choose dedicated city maps, accordingly, saving your Internet bandwidth.

As usual, the app has four types of maps: satellite, public transit, local traffic, street level or regular street map. It also serves 3D details and public transit directions, providing panoramic views – Google Street View like feature – of more than 140 cities worldwide.

You can sign in with either a Nokia account or single sign on web services of Microsoft and Facebook to sync your saved and favorite places with personal notes and photos across all available platforms and here.com.

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By leveraging Windows 8.1 features, HERE Maps also allows you to pin your favorite collections on Start screen as a live tile for quick access and sharing them via email, Facebook and other social networks.

Initially, HERE Maps was limited to the Lumia smartphones, then preloaded on the Lumia 2520 tablet. The app weighs around 45MB – offline maps extra – and available on Windows Store.

In addition, the Finnish company has also ported App Social app for Windows 8.1. With all common features of Windows Phone version, the app also fetches Windows 8.1 apps along with Windows Phone 8.

Will HERE Maps be adopted as an alternative to Google Maps or the Windows 8.1 Maps. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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