Booking.com and Skyscanner check in with first Windows 8 apps
Booking.com’s first foray on to the Windows 8 platform comes as no surprise given the sales it is already seeing via its mobile website and existing applications.
Last year the Priceline-owned accommodation giant claimed sales of $1 billion and that figure was surpassed in the first six months of 2012.
The service enables bookings via Windows 8 PC as well as via Microsoft’s surface tablet and comes on top of iOS and Android apps.
Booking.com is not the only company betting on Windows 8, with Skyscanner also taking its flight search service live on the device.
The Skyscanner app enables list or map view as well as free text search for what it says will be a faster search experience. It also enables users to pin and track a search to their desktop via a live tile.
The UK-based metasearch company has experienced similar levels of success as its hotel OTA counterpart in Booking.com, claiming ten million downloads of its suite of mobile apps so far.
Linda Fox is deputy editor for Tnooz. For the past six years she has worked as a freelance journalist across a range of B2B titles including Travolution, ABTA Magazine, Travelmole and the Business Travel Magazine.
In this time she has also undertaken corporate projects for a number of high profile travel technology, travel management and research companies.
Prior to her freelance career she covered hotels and technology news for Travel Trade Gazette for seven years. Linda joined TTG from Caterer & Hotelkeeper where she worked on the features desk for more than five years.