IRCTC has announced an official IRCTC app for Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices in collaboration with Microsoft. IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation), which offers a web-based service for booking railway tickets has received an exclusive app for the Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 platforms. The new application gives Windows users a new channel of booking e-tickets in addition to the existing portal. The users of Windows Phone, Windows 8 desktop, tablet, laptop can download this application for free from the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store respectively.
Indian Railways train ticket booking website IRCTC is known for its crashes and slowness among users under usual heavy loads. “With this alternative channel of booking, the passengers will have an additional convenience and better experience of booking e-ticket,” said Rakesh Tandon, CMD of IRCTC after the launch of the App.
Ticket bookings through the app will be available throughout the day except for the period from 8 AM to 12 noon, during Tatkal ticket booking window to reduce the load on servers, and from 11:30pm to 12:30am when it’s closed for maintenance. The apps allow users to plan journeys, book railways tickets, check the status of their PNR, check booking and cancellation history and check ticket availability, add passengers as contacts and roaming the transactions between multiple devices. The app will also allow users to pin a ticket on their homescreen. They can then use it directly to check details like PNR status and so on, without the need to go into the app. Along with all these, users get some new and exciting features, such as visual maps of train routes, Windows Phone live tiles glowing up as tickets and access to saved traveler profiles from multiple devices.
Users will have to sign up for IRCTC’s service and generate a TPIN in order to log in and access all these services offered by the new IRCTC apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 users. The IRCTC Windows Phone app is compatible with Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.
Key Features of IRCTC App for Windows Phone and Windows 8 Devices:
- Plan my travel
- Make IRCTC Train Booking/Railway reservations
- Quick Booking
- Check PNR status
- Track Train Routes
- Check train and ticket availability
- Arrival and Departure of trains for a station
- Make ticket cancellation
- Check booking/cancellation history
- Frequent Passenger Info
- Live Notifications
- Use Windows Phone as the ticket using live tile
According to Microsoft, the app is strongly integrated with Windows Azure for a number of intermediary services. Joseph Landes, General Manager – Developer and Platform Evangelism, Microsoft said, “We are excited to make the official IRCTC app available exclusively on the Windows platform. We are committed to bring exciting and new experiences to your Windows devices and will continue to create many such firsts.”
The app is available for free of cost and can be downloaded via the links below:
IRCTC Windows Phone 8 App Screenshots
IRCTC Windows 8 App Screenshots