In the UK, Bing Maps can show OS maps in the browser. It appears that this data extends to their API, and a couple of apps have been built using the API (e.g. http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/leisure-maps/f0a5f695-c8d9-40b2-814f-fbbb9d67a3da, http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/os-maps/452f262a-87c5-44c5-b28a-8718b09533cd), but these are fairly swiftly removed from the Store (I assume licencing issues, but I can't work out if this is instigated by Microsoft or OS?).

However, going to the link above on the mobile browser automatically opens up the Here Maps app (which doesn't have the OS Map option) So:

  • is there a way to force the browser to use the website?


  • is there any other way to view OS Maps on the phone?


Despite the answer below, when I click on the link in WP8.1, HERE Maps still opens, displaying the default mapping and not the OS Map - is this a difference between 8.1 dev and full, or due to something else to do with the answerer's own phone?

  • what is your question? Jun 1, 2014 at 18:15
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    There are 2 questions at the end?
    – ChrisW
    Jun 1, 2014 at 23:20
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    @MikaelDúiBolinder Erm, I'm not sure what you're asking. I'm not sure if you understand my questions - perhaps they could be better worded?
    – ChrisW
    Jun 17, 2014 at 11:36
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    I know a guy who built a WP7 app that showed OS Maps - the OS asked MS to pull it as it breached license agreements.
    – Rikalous
    Aug 12, 2014 at 20:57
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    @ChrisW almost certainly. Oddly they provide free use of some of their data, so quite what piques them about map apps I don't know. Hey, it's not as if they are a 'non-Ministerial Government department and Executive Agency, reporting to Parliament' and funded by my tax pounds, er... hang on....
    – Rikalous
    Aug 13, 2014 at 21:18

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I'm on 8.1 dev preview and I just tried the link you posted and I got Bing showing the OS map, not HERE app starting up.

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