Now in the Store: MapQuest for Windows Phone 8

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It’s always nice to have options—and now there’s a familiar new one to help you get from A to Z. MapQuest,image one of the original web-based mapping services, released its first Windows Phone app this morning. The app is free and works only on Windows Phone 8.  Download it now

The MapQuest app gets the job done and looks good doing it. The clean, modern design shows real-time traffic conditions, calculates driving routes, and supplies voice-guided directions. Handy optional map layers make it easy to find restaurants, hotels, and other places of interest. Pin your destination to Start for quick access, with Live Tile updates based on your current location.

I definitely felt a little fond burst of nostalgia when downloading the app this morning. The service, which traces its origins all the way back to 1967 and a Chicago-based maker of paper maps, burst on to the web as MapQuest in 1996. (Today it’s owned by AOL.) Those printable maps reliably guided me to a lot of college parties back then. Now they’re going to help do the same for my kids’ play dates. How about you?

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