Nokia has announced the availability of business travel applications on the Windows Phone 8 platform. The new range of applications can now be downloaded from the Windows Phone store on the Lumia range of smartphones and include Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) To Go, Trip Expenses, TeamViewer, GoToMeeting, and XE Currency Converter. According to Nokia’s developer relations lead in East Africa, Moses Sitati, the company is keen on enhancing the user experience on its Lumia range of smartphones and continue to encourage developers to build relevant and attractive apps that offer real solutions to consumers’ challenges.
“Gone are the days when travelling for business meant missing key meetings at the office, eating in bad restaurants, or missing flights because of a misplaced itinerary. Mobile technology has made business travel less hectic and more manageable, and when it comes to making work trips go smoothly, there’s no better smartphone than a Nokia Lumia,” he said.
Some of the latest business travel apps that can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store:
Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) To Go.
This is a travel planner in your pocket. CWT To Go won the GBTA’s Business Traveller Innovation Award for Outstanding App in 2012. Powered by WorldMate, it allows users to book trips, get real-time flight notifications, view maps, and check in on over 250 airlines and share itineraries with colleagues. While the trips users book through the app itself display and sync automatically, they can also add itineraries from other apps, like TripIt, to keep all your travel information conveniently in one place. Users can pin the app or your current trip to your home screen for instant access. CWT To Go is available to all business travellers whose companies have Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT) as their travel partner. The app is perfect for people who want all their travel docs at hand.
The new Trip Expenses app is suitable for users who want to save and keep all of their expenses information entered for current and past trips, including photographs of receipts. In addition, the app supports expenses incurred in pretty much every way you can possibly part with your money, from cash to credit cards and even gift cards. Amazingly for business travellers, the app Ideal in case of multiple currencies, and you only have to be online in order to email your expenses to someone. And, as we all have different jobs and different kinds of expenses, it lets you customize categories.
TeamViewer app enables Lumia users to access information stored remotely on their desktops from anywhere around the globe. If for instance you accidentally saved that important presentation on the desktop of your office computer rather than on SkyDrive? No worries, because with the TeamViewer app comes in handy. To minimise security risks, TeamViewer has an excellent encryption and authentication standard, its also the fastest and most user-friendly of all the remote access apps we’ve tried out. You can zoom in and out, scroll, drag and drop items as well as reboot your Windows, Mac or Linux computer from wherever your travels take you, and the interface matches Windows Phone 8 perfectly. It’s perfect for regular business travellers.
This app is essential for conferencing in case of clashing schedules. With GoToMeeting app you can join a meeting with your Nokia Lumia on any continent, by just tapping a link on an email or a calendar appointment. Other attendees can show you their presentations, designs, reports or other documents on the screen, and you can discuss them using the built-in internet audio or phone conference. Out of the office no longer means out of the picture! It’s perfect for business people who need to be in two places at once.
XE Currency Converter
While traveling with your Lumia device, currency conversions are easy with the XE Currency App. It features a currency calculator with live exchange rates for every world currency and even stores the latest rates, so it works when the Internet doesn’t. This easy-to-use app has received over 20 million downloads and now supporting 165 currencies, including Bitcoin. Rates are accurate and are updated hourly.