Smartphone applications, these days, have become just as much a travel necessity as a passport, according to Microsoft.
It mentioned that with apps, travellers can get help with planning their holidays, picking out the best restaurants or entertainment with reviews or even have a personal translator on-the-go.
So for those planning on a holiday to escape the Aussie winter, Microsoft has listed its top 10 Windows mobile apps that will aid travel.
- Qantas app Exclusive to Microsoft’s Windows phone, this free app helps passengers keep abreast of the current status of their Qantas flight schedule and prompts them to check-in. It also works out the traveller’s current GPS location and factors in the estimated travel time required to get to the airport. A ‘Live Tile’ on the start screen will prompt them when it’s time to leave.
- Ispeedy This is an app that allows people to book flights, hotels and cars in Australia and selected international destinations. Users can also change a flight, check-in and generate a flight boarding pass on their Windows mobile phones.
- my Trips Upon booking the trip, this app acts as a mobile travel itinerary by synchronising all travel plans. It shows the list of upcoming flights, accommodation, car rental and detailed flight information such as departure and arrival dates, times and locations, confirmation numbers, airline information and passenger information. Once synchronised, the app works offline, eliminating the need for Wi-Fi or mobile Internet connection to view travel plans.
- SkyDrive For business travellers, SkyDrive lets users store their files and upload pictures on the Cloud for easy access at any place, on any device. Windows Phone has built-in access to SkyDrive from the Office and Pictures hubs.
- Skyscanner Skyscanner searches millions of routes across over 1000 airlines to find the cheapest flight to a desired destination. Users can keep track of the prices by creating a Live Tile on the Windows Phone, which will give hourly updates on flight prices for the selected route.
- Polyglot Polyglot is a personal translator app that provides users multilingual translation options such as the ability to translate text back-and-forth between more than 30 languages and playback audio of the translation and voice-to-text.
- XE Currency This app provides users with live rates and charts of every currency in the world. It allows people to simultaneously monitor up to 10 currencies and can even be used offline with the latest rates stored on the phone.
- Lonely Planet Top Cities 2011 If users need some suggestions on where to go for a trip, this app lists some of the top destinations around the globe. For each city, Lonely Planet’s travelling authors reveal the facts, fun activities and travel opportunities to add to the ‘things to see’ list.
- goCatch An app that is more local, goCatch is for people who need taxi access. It enables users to see where taxis are on the goCatch map and allows them and taxi drivers to connect directly using their smartphones.
- World Clock A very handy app, the World Clock will ensure travelers keep track of time in multiple cities around the world as travelling through time zones, especially frequent flyers, can often mean people lose track of what time zones they are in.