Windows Store Bing Maps

The latest leaked screenshot to show off Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Store has confirmed that Bing Maps is coming to Windows 8, the company’s new operating system which is set for release this year.

Microsoft is currently gearing up to release the first Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which will go live to the public from Mobile World Congress next week. But some fans already have their hands on it. Chinese site PCBeta has posted a number of screenshots taken from the Windows Store, revealing games like Flow, Hive Mind, PuzzleTouch, Cut the Rope, and more; as well as the new Bing Maps and SkyDrive desktop applications.

The Verge reports that developers already have access to the Bing Maps service, but that Microsoft is still preparing a dedicated application for consumers:

Bing Maps will be available as an option for Windows 8 developers to integrate into their applications, but, understandably, Microsoft is also preparing its own Metro style version for consumers. We have seen a Bing Windows 8 web app previously, so this application could be a natural progression of Microsoft’s work for its touch-focused operating system.

As you can see from these shots, the Windows Store sports the same metro user interface we’ve become familiar with from other Windows 8 screens, while its downloads section is reminiscent of that in Windows Phone.

Windows Store games

For now, all we have to look at is these pretty screenshots. But the Windows 8 Consumer Preview should allow us to take the Windows Store for a spin ourselves from next week.

I’m looking forward to trying the Windows Store and the Windows 8 public beta. Will you be installing it?

[via The Verge]