71Q7933YFcL._SL1500_Businesses and individuals still using Microsoft’s MapPoint and Streets & Trips need to start thinking about alternatives. Microsoft is discontinuing both products, according to notices posted on their sites.

The company says it will stop selling MapPoint and Streets & Trips 2013 at the end of this year, and Microsoft will offer online support to users of the latest edition of Streets & Trips through July 14, 2015.

MapPoint provides tools for businesses to combine their business data with locations and maps. It came out of a product called AutoRoute, which was first released in 1988 by NextBase, a U.K.-based company that was acquired by Microsoft in 1994. Streets & Trips, which is also a part of the AutoRoute family tree, is built for road-trippers who want to plan out an itinerary on their PC before taking off on the open road.

Microsoft suggests that Streets and Trips users who want maps and directions should turn to Bing Maps instead. Developers can use the Bing Maps API and SDKs, which provide a number of tools for applications that need to user mapping data.

The company recommends that businesses currently relying on MapPoint turn to PowerBI for Excel and Sharepoint in order to visualize their business data on a map.

These are just the latest two products in a long string of closures from the Redmond-based tech giant. Earlier this year, Microsoft shut down Farecast, its airfare prediction tool.

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  • Edward Lozano

    “Microsoft suggests that Streets and Trips users who want maps and directions should turn to Bing Maps instead.:”, which is all well and good, but the one thing that MS&T gave me that I have seen anywhere else is the time factor, as in “if I left Destination X at 6:30 a.m.; what time would I arrive at Destination Y?” It’s one thing to know how far and how much time the trip would take would it take, but if you drive with someone like my father who because of his poor vision can’t drive past a certain time, that information that MS&T gave was beneficial. So unless someone else develops a software or something similar to that, I’m holding on to MS&T until the very end.

  • Abdul Razzak

    On Thursday July 2014 Microsoft announced that it will cut 18,000 jobs of which 12,500 will be from its recent acquired Nokia’s phone division……….


  • Maptitude

    The value-priced desktop business mapping software space has been largely vacated. The Maptitude Mapping Software is the last player in the niche.

  • Michael Stewart

    I used Streets & Trips until Badger came out. Couldn’t be happier

  • Leo Sauermann
    • rdrage70

      This is only good for those in sales. Route drivers and other multi-stop trips will need to keep looking. Creating a file with all of the addresses in a file, then importing will prove to be too much anyone that values time will want to deal with. Accuracy, segment breakdowns, cost estimator are also great features of MST. I’m still looking for an alternative that will be supported when Windows 10 releases.

  • Ryan Goodman

    At least for cloud mapping, we are seeing some customers going over to the Google Maps platform as an alternative where the data needs to live behind the firewall. We have seen a surge because Google includes route optimization out of the box for up to 25 locations. I have been tracking this solution which includes the Sharepoint / Excel piece. http://cmapsanalytics.com/designer/sharepoint.html

  • Jen Stewart

    A few months ago, I started using Badger as an alternative to Mappoint – I figured other people are looking to find another option now that it’s being uninstalled from machines. Here is a page I found that evaluates the different options now that Mappoint is off support: http://mappoint-alternative.com/

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