This morning, TripAdvisor is announcing two new experiences with Microsoft that we believe will make travel planning even easier for millions of people around the world.
First, we’re introducing TripAdvisor’s first app for Windows 8.1. The free app, available now for download through the Windows Store, has a finger-friendly touch interface and the same set of inspirational travel planning features available through our existing mobile apps. These features include access to TripAdvisor’s more than 125 million reviews and opinions, high-resolution photos that can be displayed in landscape or portrait mode, and our Hotel Price Comparison tool.
Our new Windows 8.1 app also includes a new feature that we’re particularly excited about: integration with Bing Smart Search. When you search in Windows 8.1, the new TripAdvisor app will now show up as a result for relevant travel-related searches. TripAdvisor content, such as hotel ratings and reviews from within the app, is presented within results to give people an at-a-glance view of what’s available when they open the app itself. With just a single tap or click, consumers will then have instant access to the TripAdvisor app’s content and features, including its Hotel Price Comparison search tool. Bing Smart Search helps you connect more quickly with the inspiration and information you want from TripAdvisor.
In the U.S., we are partnering with Bing to embed TripAdvisor’s price comparison tools, traveler reviews and photos within search results on Bing.com. Now, when you search for somewhere to stay on Bing, you’ll have instant access to our community’s reviews and ratings without needing to leave the page. And, if you have specific dates in mind, you can see which hotels are available and at what price. You can go from thinking about where to go to being ready to book in a matter of seconds.
We’re excited to be working with Microsoft to help people make good decisions, fast. Together, we’re making it easier for people to find a great room and book it for the best price, all within a few clicks.