Microsoft launches Streets & Trips 2013

It's been over two years since Microsoft has released a new version of its Streets & Trips software product. Today, the company announced the immediate launch of the 2013 Windows PC version of Microsoft Streets & Trips, which helps people plan their road trips and vacations.

In a press release today, Microsoft said that Streets & Trips 2013 has added 150,000 new miles of roads in the maps created for the US and Canada. In addition, the 2013 edition adds online user created reviews of places like hotels, restaurants and more. The press release adds:

One-click route optimization provides the most efficient route, and a fuel consumption manager helps consumers budget gasoline costs. Then, while on the road, Streets & Trips on a laptop helps travelers find necessities such as ATMs, hotels, auto services, restaurants and more, with no Internet connection required, helping plan for — or discover — plenty of fun and useful stops along the way.

Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 is available to purchase now via download for $39.99 or you can buy a boxed copy at the Microsoft Store website. You can also purchase a version of the software with the GPS Locator for $69.99. If you want to give the software a trial run, you can download a demo which can be used for 14 days.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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Wow, a lot of hate for the product. I own the last S & T and it did a good job at estimating gas for my trip to NC and back as well as arrival times.

I just can't believe this.
I used at least 3 versions of S&T in the past years, until they stopped releasing it. The last version was only a minor update using the same outdated rendering engine for maps.

I just come back from the S&T product page and to my amazement, nothing seems to have changed, except some icons. Maybe.

Microsoft, why do you release reheated and somewhat outdated software like this one? Why isn'it a Metro app?

Honestly, with today smartphones and tablets equipped with GPS, I'm surprised that it's still around. Not to mention that it didn't properly support all places on the globe.

But correct me if I'm wrong

FarCry3r said,
Honestly, with today smartphones and tablets equipped with GPS, I'm surprised that it's still around. Not to mention that it didn't properly support all places on the globe.

But correct me if I'm wrong


The press release explains in full exactly who this product targets. It's designed for people who can't always rely on having internet access when they need trip planning tools. Believe it or not, that IS a market.

It's starting to feel like some weird sort of mantra at this point, but I'll say what I always say: don't get too wrapped up in the tech bubble. Communities like this and others online do not represent everyone everywhere, nor do they come close to proportionately matching up to interests, beliefs, perspectives, etc.

Remember, you can still buy printed map books. Rand McNally still publishes atlases. Your idea of the market is not the whole story.

I thought this died a slow death long ago. What could compel someone to want this for that kind of $ in this day and age? Make it $3.99 and maybe.

Did the redesign they UI because the new one they gave the last few versions was GOD AWFUL!

Edited by warwagon, Jul 17 2012, 11:19pm :

thealexweb said,
Microsoft please focus and work on your core products more rather than having a vague stab at everything.

uh ok, MS Streats and maps has been around for decades now... and it overlaps with functionaltiy in MapPoint and their mapping servers for bing maps... this is a "core" product

thealexweb said,
Microsoft please focus and work on your core products more rather than having a vague stab at everything.

Why do people keep acting as if a company is always one person?

Not even worth the disc space, thier drive times are completely wrong, thier directions are worse then mapquest, and the interface has been awful.

My work uses it and it has made us get compensated way less per mile and per hour because it always thinks that a 3 hour tip only takes 1.5 hrs.

If they don't fix those glaring issues it's not worth the disk space lost.

remixedcat said,
If they don't fix those glaring issues it's not worth the disk space lost.

How do you know that these issues weren't fixed in the latest version?

remixedcat said,
My work uses it and it has made us get compensated way less per mile and per hour because it always thinks that a 3 hour tip only takes 1.5 hrs.

You're just driving too slow!

remixedcat said,
Not even worth the disc space, thier drive times are completely wrong, thier directions are worse then mapquest, and the interface has been awful.

My work uses it and it has made us get compensated way less per mile and per hour because it always thinks that a 3 hour tip only takes 1.5 hrs.

If they don't fix those glaring issues it's not worth the disk space lost.

Your 3 years too late troll. Use the product before commenting on how bad it's predessesor was.