Originally Posted by Ken in Regina
If you have a Windows laptop or convertible you can use Google Maps for navigation.
Yes, it is possible to use the website www.google.com/maps
to see where you are while traveling, but when I stated that
'the desktop sites can't be used directly for navigation'
what I meant was they do not directly provide the basic functionality most people associate with mobile navigation (turn-by-turn' directions, etc.).
A route planned on www.google.com/maps
must be exported for something else to use to provide this functionality, either by saving the trip to an account, or by exporting waypoints.
You might find this interesting: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/7RRJ2sLtN2M
Apparently, google removed the ability to save routes from www.google.com/maps https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/7RRJ2sLtN2M "Saving custom routes is currently not a supported feature in the new Google Maps. The new Google Maps has a limit of about 10 custom points you can add to a route."
...and a lot of people are (understandably) unhappy with the removal of this and other key features: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/maps/Zgqoqsvfipc
According to this: https://support.google.com/mymaps/answer/3502610?hl=en&ref_topic=3024924 "Save driving, bicycling, or walking directions, then share them with others, or view them later on the go from your phone with the My Maps mobile application for Android."
...you can now save routes to "My Maps" but it sure doesn't seem to work as well as www.google.com/maps
did before, especially for finding POIs.
BTW, I just spent some time trying to figure out how the new google mapmaker ("My Maps") works, and I have these observations:
1. You can plan a route and it automatically saves every change you make to the "google drive" associated with you google account. You have to be logged into google account to use it. So google is (as usual) tracking every step you make. You can see the route but you do not see any driving directions in google's mapmaker website.
2. Once you've saved a uniquely named route (otherwise you end up with a long list of "untitled" ruotes), you can open it into google maps. The waypoints and the route is visible but if you click on the driving directions icon, it presents blank start and endpoints, just as it normally does. In other words, it doesn't load that saved route into the normal google maps website.
3. All in all, it looks like the complaints here
are at least mostly justified. The mapmaker site adds the ability to do things most people will never use, and in the process sacrificed usability for more common tasks. Sound familiar?