Microsoft will be discontinuing two of its mapping services, MapPoint, and Streets & Trips. Both the services snagged their last updates, and are now headed towards their retirement. The demise of the said mapping services comes in favor of Microsoft's premium mapping product, Bing Maps.
Launched in 2002, MapPoint -- which was previously known as MapPoint .NET -- allowed users to view, edit and integrate maps into other applications including Microsoft Office. While the service was intended for business users, it competes in the low-end geographic information system (GIS) market. The company had also acquired Vexcel, Vicinity Corporation, GeoTango, and several other mapping services to enhance the features of MapPoint.
Microsoft Streets & Trips, on the other hand, is a mapping software which is a subset of MapPoint. The service offered several features, chief among them is route planning.
Microsoft has yet to go public with a press release announcing the retirement of these two mapping services, but the Redmond giant has quietly mentioned the fate on both the services' websites. "Today we announce the end of another era, the discontinuation of Microsoft Streets & Trips. We so appreciate the support of our dedicated users over the years," Microsoft stated.
Both the services will be available for purchase till the end of 2014. Whereas, the online support for Streets & Trips will end next Monday, July 14, 2014.