I would like to download the WP8MapsExamples but can't find a link to a zip file.
Was this example thread removed?
Trying to find that file to download it. Was it removed?
I think you are probably looking for: https://projects.developer.nokia.com/WP8MapsExamples - at least that is the location the WP7 Examples article suggests for WP8 Examples.
The Guide to the Maps, and the Guide to the Map Launchers would also be a good place to start.
I suppose the original place for it was the https://projects.developer.nokia.com/WP8MapsExamples/, anyway the option for downloading the full repo as zip file is not currently working on the site, thus you would actually need to use GIT for downloading the examples into your machine.