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Is it possible to create a html link that will open in the Windows 8 maps app?

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J N earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

Im sure you can alter how links are opened using your default programs in control panel but i  do not sugget doing this.

however it does look like you may be able to do something with it. here is a link that may be helpful

http://dreamteam-mobile.com/blog/2012/06/launch-maps-application-in-windows-8-csharp/
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Thanks do you mind if I ask how you found that? I was sent to app development sites.

If I do this in future I think I will learn better if I seek this on myself.

Hey let me see if this works I tried something similar but I wrote it in mac and now everything is set up. I'll post the solution.
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hi

Sorry I'm not sure what you mean
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by:burnedfaceless
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Sorry I'm my own world when I get home.

I wrote the html on mac, didn't have an editor or anything gave up quick. I'm starting to use two operating systems so I can test before I upload.

If I find out what works I will post it to a thread.
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try using a text editor they make it a lot easier and there are a lot of free ones available.

Here is a list of text editors (some free and other are not)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_HTML_editors

for windows a good free editor is notepad++

not too sure with Mac as i dont use them

for testing you can use XAMP or WAMP which creates a virtual server on your computer.  hth
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OK so here is what I did it worked.

<html>
<head>
  <title>Open in Bing Maps</title>
</head>
      
<body>
      <a href = "bingmaps:?cp=40.726966~-74.006076">New York City</a>
</body>

</html>
      
Mac does this too, if you do it for one you should probably do it for both. About 10% of traffic is from mac os.

Windows 8.1 is really advanced but it's powerful too. Things are really changing to certain gestures even without a touch screen. I think old people are screwed for a while, I'm already too old for this shit.
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Hi,

No your never too old but using a plain text editor is difficult. the code highlighting, error spotting and text coloring make the world of difference. Looking into a free text editor is worth your time if you are planning on taking this a little further. I use dreamweaver but it is not free but there are free ones that do just the same.

is this a web app? because if so it is  a lot easier that the post i sent to you?
here is a working example of yours
<html>
<head>
  <title>Open in Bing Maps</title>
</head>
      
<body>
      <a href = "http://binged.it/1qm1BOW" target="_blank">New York City</a>
</body>

</html>

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May i ask why you want to use bing?  i would definitely say google maps is a lot more popular and easy to use.
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I think things are moving away from google maps. Every platform has a decent map application, I bitched and moaned with Apple maps, but I use them now. And part of the reason I didn't was because they didn't give turn by turn.

There's been a lot of changes in that area, you don't need google local anymore, the maps have all of the information in the database.

I'm having trouble explaining this but this is the way things are moving. Using the default application, we're moving in that direction with Windows it's painfully obvious in a good, but challenging way.

I plan to use google maps for pre Windows 8.1 operating systems.

Linux users can fuck off.
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It's interesting, Mac is lacking in presentation, or "taste" the stuff Steve Jobs was so proud of.

Last mac osx was a disappointment, this one will probably only improve presentation.

They're two different companies all the time you know, not just what people think they represent.
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My bad about the cussing, I understand what you were asking.

Well I used mac computers the past year. The only real changes were the maps application, along with some browsing. And if you use 8 it's one of the biggest differences between Mac and Windows.

They both copy each other in every way they can, except Windows can't use Mac's backup because of system architecture, which is superior, and Mac seems like they're struggling right now, they aren't planning to innovate, and the display is way behind.
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Hi,

i do not think things are moving away from google at all people just want a piece of the pie. i know ton and tons of sites that still use google and most people i know that have apple products have downloaded the maps app. And Google is definitely the forefront on all maps
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Well it works in this situation, I may include google, the rec center here has it, and it runs if you have the app.

The point is this app is included by default in Windows 8.1, it knows our location.

Can you tell me what you run? I take it you don't run Windows 8, and you use Android. That's where I profile you, not everyone is a techie or a mac user or whatever. People are using this I'm taking SAP classes at Southern and the students, who are probably younger than me are very good at it.

This is going to be corporate, and you already know they're abandoning desktop. This is the future.
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Currently, I run both android and windows 8. i stopped using windows phone 8 which inferior to both android and apple. i dabble in server configurations and do a lot of web development.

inluded by default does not mean it is a good app or people use it. for example, internet explorer, if you look at the usage of pc users most of them adopt chrome or firefox with chrome commanding the majority of the market. if you look at the people using internet explorer it is a vast majority of corporations where restrictions are in place but equally as much of older individuals who are unwilling to adopt newer and better programs.

apps are the feature but they have been around for years. if you look at the core functionality of apps they do exactly what certain softwares offer. i think apps just refer to the ability for them to be multi platform which increases functionality and allows users to access processes on a wider range of devices
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