Monday, October 19, 2015

Microsoft and WudStay Partner to Make Travel Accessible to Consumers on the Windows Platform

WudStay launches its app on the Windows Store
Microsoft announced its partnership with budget accommodation marketplace, WudStay to make hotel bookings more accessible and convenient for its users on the Windows platform. The association would include both brands working together to bring exclusive offers and features to the WudStay app for consumers on the Windows platform.
WudStay provides high quality accommodation across 35+ cities in India and is looking to reach 65 cities in the next 12 months. It aims to establish a high standard in quality across all its properties. The Microsoft-WudStay partnership is a testimony to the commitment both brands place on ensuring highest quality and convenience for their users. With the app going live, WudStay becomes the first brand in the budget accommodation industry to have an application for the Windows platform. 
Prafulla Mathur, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, WudStay said, “We are extremely bullish on our partnership with Microsoft and are confident that this association will help us deliver great value to consumers on the Windows platform. I see great synergy between Microsoft and WudStay, two companies that are committed to the evolving needs of their consumers. We are excited about the cobranded initiatives that we have lined up for the next 12 months and are confident that they would play a big role in helping us reach more users." 
“At Microsoft, we are focused on delivering high-quality experiences across all products and services, for everything that matters in the lives of our consumers. Millions of Windows users in the country now have an opportunity to book a WudStay and enjoy additional discounts or purchase special packages on their Windows devices. This association adds great value to consumers on the Windows platform who love to travel. “, Harish Vaidyanathan, Director - Independent Software Vendor Programs, Microsoft India, said.
The WudStay app for Windows Phone users is now available for download. The app has been specially designed keeping in mind the needs of the Indian consumers. It allows the user to browse properties, book hotels and manage multiple reservations in no time. It is the simplest way for travelers to book accommodation for their next visit through their Windows device. The app doesn’t consume much battery, is relatively small in size and works great even on 2G networks, ensuring a quality experience irrespective of device capabilities.
About WudStay
WudStay is an online marketplace for high quality accommodation.  Present across 35+ cities in India, WudStay provide standardised facilities including Free WiFi and Breakfast across its properties. With the ambition to set a Gold Standard in Quality, WudStay integrates technology at every step to ensure a WudStay guest is assured of a comfortable stay irrespective of his/her budget. Launched in April 2015, the venture was founded by serial entrepreneur Prafulla Mathur and has raised a USD 3 Million funding from Mangrove Capital Partners and Vikas Saxena of Nimbuzz.  The brand looks to spread its presence across 65 cities in the next 18 months.
About Microsoft India
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services, devices and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft set up its India operations in 1990. Today, Microsoft entities in India have over 6,500 employees engaged in sales and marketing, research and development, and customer services and support across Ten Indian Cities - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune. Microsoft is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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