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Microsoft Updates Windows 10 Maps with Improved Voice Navigation

The app now offers even better control over voice navigation options, such as the ability to control the voice volume. The update is available to Fast Ring Mobile and PC Insiders.


has released an important update for its Windows 10 Maps app. The update comes to improve the navigation experience for users that rely on voice navigation.

Thanks to the latest update, Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring on PC and Mobile now have more options for voice navigation. For example, the update adds the ability to control the voice volume, choosing from the modes “Softer”, “Normal”, and “Louder”.

In addition, users have direct access to the Bluetooth settings menu in the Maps app. That way, you won't have to access your device's Bluetooth settings to choose whether you wish the app to play voice navigation over Bluetooth or on your device.

This update brings the app version number to 5.1706.14720 and is available to Fast Ring Insiders. So far, it has appeared only on mobile devices, for unknown reasons. However, Microsoft explains in the features list of the app that “Some features may not be available on all devices and in all countries or regions.

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Create more with Windows 10 Maps

As mentioned above, the voice navigation experience is improved thanks to this latest update. Microsoft is making sure that the Windows 10 Maps app offers more features in each update.

Back in May, the company released a massive update for the application which added creation features. In a blog post, the Group Program Manager for Windows 10 Maps, Dave Alles, explained that users would gain the ability to create within the app.

Here is the list of creation features that Microsoft added to Windows 10 Maps back in May:

  • Ink on aerial mode – make any view of maps your own by adding rich annotations with Windows Ink. Planning an off-road hike, calculating the distance, and marking a mid-way spot for lunch becomes easier when you can personalize and write on your map, just like you would with a pen.
  • Create your own collections – from all the places you want to hit on a trip, to frequent places you go with your kids, to spelling out a proposal through a collection of coffee shops, creating and organizing collections can both help you stay organized and let you express yourself
  • Contribute to improve the map data – if you have a correction for a restaurant's open hours or know a road is missing, you can tell us and help get things improved for yourself and the community
  • New capabilities for Developers, such as styling API that will allow developers to customize the look and feel of the map canvas on the fly.

To download Windows 10 Maps, visit the Windows Store.

Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas is a former sports journalist and an amateur gamer. Combining his love for technology with his writing experience, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. Being an artistic “soul”, he is also writing poems and short stories.

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