Windows 10 Creators Update Delivers New Maps Features

Windows 10 Creators Update to give maps a cleaner, more beautiful and realistic look so that it's consistent between web and UWP apps. Microsoft Edge can be test with BrowserStack.

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The Maps platform has been updated for the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update to give maps a cleaner and more realistic look so that it's consistent between web and Universal Windows Platform (uWP) apps.

Adding layers of terrain makes the Road view look more authentic, and the addition of an updated 3D engine also comes with styling, offline capabilities and routing.

For instance, there's a new API called MapBillboard that can be used to display images or signs on the 3D map, which scales with the rest of the 3D scene as the camera zooms and pans.

Here is the highlights around some of the top features coming on April 11:

  • Map Styling APIs for Windows 10 Map Control, allows to customize the look & feel of map canvas on the fly, as developer can dynamically control map rendering. The maps customization feature is available for both online and offline modes.
  • Customizing the map using new MapStyleSheet and setting StyleSheet property of MapControl. It allow to control colors, fonts and visibility status of various map elements, such as roads, areas (e.g. building structures, parks, water) and political features (e.g. city titles).
  • 3D map engine shipping withWindows RS2 displays objects on top of the terrain and uses globe or web Mercator projection model for vector rendering and map interactions.
  • Both Road and Aerial maps now support 3D views and elevation data.
  • Labels created by the 3D map engine are placed laying down or standing up in 3D scene to improve readability and visual quality, and use a distance-fade occlusion rule with other 3D geometry indicative of their actual position in the scene.
  • Displaying points of interest (POI) on a 3D map should also be altitude and the AltitudeReferenceSystem to be used.
  • map engine supports both a standard Web Mercator projection and a 3D globe projection now.
  • MapBillboard, a new MapElement can be used to display images or signage at a specific location on the on 3D map. However, the image scales with the rest of the 3D scene as the camera zooms and pans.
  • MapBillboard in Windows 10 Creators Update
  • Offline Maps via the newly added OfflineMapPackage API, allows to find downloaded packages in a given area (Geopoint, GeoboundingBox, etc), the team said.

BrowserStack Live Testing can now run Microsoft Edge inside a WebRTC-capable browser on macOS, Windows or Linux.

  • Developers who needed to test against a specific version of Microsoft Edge were until now limited to local virtual machines or PCs with Windows 10 installed. But, they can now sign into BrowserStack and can do remote virtual testing on Edge with company's Live and Automate services for free.
  • "Live testing provides a remote, cloud-based instance of Microsoft Edge streamed over the web. You can interact with cloud-based browser just as you would an installed browser, within local browser on any platform – whether it's macOS, Linux, or older versions of Windows," wrties Jason Weber.

    You can test Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 Anniversary Update (EdgeHTML 14) starting today. "EdgeHTML 15 will be available in Windows 10 Creators Update starting on April 11, 2017, and will come to BrowserStack in the following weeks," Weber says.

    After confirming the launch of the Creators Update of Windows 10 coming on April 11th, the company also now confirmed the RTM release of Windows 10 Mobile Creators Update would be rolling out on April 25.

    Microsoft says that availability of the update "may vary by manufacturer, model, country or region, mobile operator or service provider, specific installed software, hardware limitations and other factors such as feedback from customers."

    Microsoft on the Feedback Hub announced of releasing Windows 10 for PCs build 15063.11 to the Fast and Slow rings. Here's what they said:

    We need Windows Insiders to help validate the first Cumulative Update to go out for the Windows 10 Creators Update which is set to begin rolling out to customers around the world on April 11th, Today we are releasing a Cumulative Update Build 15063.11 (KB4016250) for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings. This Cumulative Update brings the following fixes:

    • We fixed an issue where on Surface devices, Bluetooth radio fails to re-enumerate during hibernate/resume.

    • We fixed an issue with McAfee Enterprise to prevent a system crash when the product driver is installed on build 15060 configured with Device Guard.

    As always, please keep sending in feedback via Feedback Hub.

    Thank you,

    Windows Insider Team

    In addition, Microsoft also provided an overview of new features coming to Desktop Bridge in Creators Update, for app developers and end users that are designed to delight developers who can offer their end users a rich experience.

    Users are encouraged to download the store version of their desktop apps. If the user already has the previous desktop version of the app, the transition experience is as seamless as possible. As a result, "the Creators Update will provides a smooth transition along with some best practices for app developers to follow," writes the team.

    Some noteworthy features:

    • Apps can be pre-installed
    • Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) support
    • Windows App Certification Kit now includes test cases for Desktop Bridge apps
    • Use URL flag enables apps to directly open files from a URL instead of downloading a local cached version of the file
    Creators Update Desktop Bridge

    Highlight of features:

    • app developers can now re-route the taskbar pins and the start tile shortcuts to point to the store version of the desktop app.
    • developers can now transition user's choice file type associations & protocol handlers.
    • As best practice, developers should attempt to migrate previous user data from desktop app upon first launch of the store version of the same app.
    • developers should also now offer uninstallation of previous desktop app upon first launch of the store version of the app.
    • Store versions of desktop apps can now take advantage of Windows Explorer delight: previews, thumbnails, detailed properties and grouping by kind.
    • Preview handlers are triggered when an item is selected to show a lightweight, rich, read-only preview of the file's contents in the view's reading pane—can now be done without launching file's associated application.
    • In Windows Explorer, thumbnails can provide a read-only view inside the file when the viewing is set to medium icons or higher.
    • property handlers can be used to provide more details about a certain file in the properties dialog or in the details pane.
    • Grouping files by their 'kind'. developers can specify what 'kind' their file types are, which will enable the end users to group their files by their 'kind' in Windows Explorer.
    • Support for custom fonts installation by apps. can be done by making a few simple edits to application manifest.
    • Public out-of-process COM server support, aka Packaged COM, developers can now add support for out-of-process COM and OLE extensions support for store version of desktop apps.
    • developers can register for firewall rules ahead of time, so the users don't have to make a firewall choice prior to launching their apps (including after subsequent app updates).

    Microsoft HoloLens team celebrates the first anniversary of the devices launch, that was announced exactly a year back Microsoft Build.

    Today, HoloLens and the Windows Mixed Reality platform is revolutionizing how people interact with places, things and each other. It's available in many countries with more than 150 exclusive, mixed-reality apps are in the Windows Store.

    "To every developer who has a HoloLens and is working to create within the world of mixed reality, thank you for your passion and imagination," Kipman writes. "You are an inspiration to me and everyone on the team."