I eventually tried one more time and plugged it into the first USB port again; this time it installed successfully on its own.But when I fired up S&T 2013 again and went to GPS Receiver Configuration, it froze the program.After two minutes of a spinning cursor in the window, I had to force-quit.

Microsoft also added support for online user reviews of hotels, restaurants, and other attractions.

Installing the GPS Locator dongle wasn't easy, since there's no proper documentation.

Install Streets & Trips 2013, boot it up, and you'll see a menu item for GPS Receiver Configuration. So I plugged it into a USB port, and waited, but nothing happened.

Then I closed the program and tried the other USB port, at which point Windows 7 tried and failed to install the device driver successfully.

"Ah, maybe it's on the DVD," I thought—and found a folder called GPSDrvrs, which contained two subfolders: Navation and Pharos.

The bottom of my GPS Locator said "Navation GPS 168" in tiny print, so I went with that folder, but it only contained .sys, .inf, and files; there was no file.

The file and fold-out Getting Started pamphlet each made no mention of the GPS Locator, either.

In an age of GPS apps, portable navigation devices, and even online HTML GPS clients, it's getting tougher and tougher to justify PC-based maps software.

Microsoft has ended some of its long-running franchises like Encarta and Flight Simulator, but Microsoft Streets & Trips 2013 (.95 direct) is still kicking around.