Goibibo's Tryst with windows 8

30 Oct 2012

Microsoft recently launched its much awaited Windows 8 operating system. The operating system comes with a better desktop environment compared to previous versions along with a totally new metro environment. Metro is audaciously simple and looks really clean. No doubt that windows 8 looks promising. Its true that the web won’t lose its space, but applications definitely provide a more personal and enriching experience to the user.

Feeling confident from our Android app and mobile site which has been drawing very positive feedback from the market, we also wanted to get into the store of the most used operating system in the world. Kicking off with really strict deadlines from Microsoft to submit the app in store before 3 weeks of windows 8 launch, we had around 1 month of time for development.

The idea was to keep the app intuitive, fast and most importantly useful. We tried to keep things really simple by dividing the booking process in steps which makes it really easier to understand and also maintains context. Also, the whole tile layout gives a very smooth and soothing experience.

The home page is the search tile with grayed out next steps. We kept other links in expandable appbar to use space.

Use of binding lists and list templates makes search results look really cool. Must say that Microsoft has put in a lot of thought into win8 api. Since windows 8 caters to bigger screens than mobile we have tried to use space by showing searched sector, both ways search results and flight details in  same page, in separate tiles.

A useful feature is that the user can go back from the payment page to the result page without losing search results and alternately again load search results. Payment is through PAYU, our payment partner. That rid us of a lot of hassles along with quality security assurance.

The login process is same as in our android app  - using OAuth 2.0, simple,standard and secure. After login a user can access all his bookings offline as well. What this means is, a user can just snap out his tablet at the airport,show his e-ticket and get in - no need to access the internet, open emails, take printouts. This, in essence captures the goibibo way of doing stuff  - harness the latest and greatest technology to keep things simple.

We are really proud to have launched the Goibibo windows application - and are exhilarated that positive responses have started dropping in after only 2 days of windows 8 launch. Obviously we are not going to stop here. Hotels, bus, holidays - they are all coming soon.After all,we aspire to give you a one stop solution for all your travel problems - anywhere,on any platform!

Our heartiest thanks go out to the Microsoft team who helped us understand a lot of intricacies  of the Windows 8 ecosystem and help streamline the whole development process. 

We request everyone to use the app and share feedback. Also, to top it up we have come up with some exciting offers just for Windows 8 users, use promo-code “airwin8” and get flat 800 Rs discount on all your flight bookings.

Happy travelling this festive season!