No Live Maps for UK Users? We have the workaround

Many UK Live Maps users this morning have found that when they go to http://maps.live.com/ they are being rather unceremoniously dumped on the doorstep of MultiMap. You might remember that Microsoft bought Multimap back in December, and now, for UK users, Multimap is all you can use. Or is it…? Whilst this decision seems [to most] to be a bizarre decision, there are some advantages with MultiMap, for example, you can see how many cash points there are in the map area.

However, if I want to check that information, I would go to MultiMap, but if I type in the Live Maps address, I do expect to see Live Maps, and in this post, I will show you after the jump how easy it is to get your regular Live Maps back in both Internet Explorer and Firefox. All we will be doing is changing what language the browser tells the webpage to use.

There is one other way of getting Live Maps if you can’t do either of the above, and that’s by going to http://maps.live.com/?mkt=en-us and you’ll get Live Maps.

What do you think about this decision by Microsoft? Do you like it? Or do you think it’s as baffling as we do?

Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Tools > Options
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  2. Click on the Languages button at the bottom
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  3. Click Add, and choose English (United States) [en-US], and put it at the top of the list (that’s important!), as per the above screenshot.
  4. Click OK twice to go back to Internet Explorer, then go to http://maps.live.com/ and you will get your regular Live Maps back.

Firefox

  1. Go to Tools > Options > Advanced
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  2. Click Choose
  3. Select English/United States [en-us] and add that, again, putting it to the top of the list
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  4. OK out of those windows and go to http://maps.live.com/ and you will get your regular Live Maps back.