Map Locator is best used on Windows 8 tablets because it is meant more for devices that are mobile. It works to a limited extent on a Windows 8 PC.
With your permission, Map Locator finds your location by GPS. This free app also stores current locations by clicking the Remember button. If you don’t allow the app to find your location, it will completely shut down. I tried blocking it to see if I could use it at all, but ended up having to uninstall and reinstall.
Map Locator includes road and aerial views. The aerial view is pretty cool, especially with the zoom settings. You can see the buildings near you. The GPS doesn’t appear to be very accurate, however, so that needs some work. It put my location about 8 miles away from where I am, but that may be due to this being a rural area.
On the right side of the screen, you can put in directions, and the app will show you the route, both on the map and in a list, similar to Google Maps. This seems to be the most functional part of the app, and it can be used easily on a PC or tablet.
There isn’t much to the app graphics wise. The map zooms in and out smoothly. You can choose to show or hide the left and right sides of the screen, depending on whether you want to use the GPS, or the directions.
The buttons could be a little more self explanatory. Without reading the app description, I wouldn’t know what “Remember” referred to. It didn’t take long to make my way around and familiarize myself with everything though.
There are a number of map related apps for Windows 8. Map Locator is free, so you can’t go wrong with that.