TripIt Collaborates With Microsoft Windows Live To Share Travel Plans
SAN FRANCISCO, November 12, 2008 --Online travel itinerary and trip planning service TripIt (www.tripit.com) today announced integration into the latest release of Microsoft's Windows Live . As part of this strategic relationship, Windows Live now makes it possible to share TripIt travel plans online.
Windows Live helps people manage all their "digital stuff" across the Internet. Since travel is such a popular activity, it represents an important part of someone's online experience. TripIt is a travel service that manages and shares travel plans, no matter where people book, so it's a natural fit for the Windows Live experience.
Here's how it works. A Windows Live user, named Bob, can go to Windows Live and set-up a a link to his free TripIt account. From that point forward, Bob's connections on Windows Live will be automatically kept up-to-date on his travel plans. For example, when Sally is chatting with Bob in Windows Live Messenger, she may see an update that says "Bob is planning a trip to Paris, France in April 2009." Sally might then tell Bob she used to live in Paris and could offer up tips and recommendations that ensure he has a great trip. Similar TripIt activity updates will be displayed throughout the Windows Live experience, including the Windows Live Home Page, Windows Live Spaces and Windows Live Mail.
"With the latest version of Windows Live, we're providing our customers with a variety of ways to keep their lives in sync," said Brian Hall, general manager of Windows Live at Microsoft Corp. "Traveling is a natural time to want to reach out to family and friends. With Windows Live and TripIt, we're helping to make that communication easier."
"We're excited to be part of Microsoft Windows Live," said Gregg Brockway, president and co-founder of TripIt. "Windows Live is the type of service that our travelers use, as TripIt is an open travel platform that works with more than 250 booking sites and integrates with personal calendars, mobile devices, blogs and activity feeds."
Both TripIt and Windows Live are free online services, and both provide full control over what travel information people decide to share.
TripIt helps people organize their travel plans no matter where they book—including on more than 250 websites. Travelers just forward their travel confirmation emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and automatically get a master travel itinerary with their plans, plus daily weather, local maps, city guides and more. It's easy to access TripIt from a mobile device or personal calendar—or on a blog, LinkedIn or Microsoft Windows Live. It's also easy to share TripIt itineraries and see when trips overlap with friends and colleagues in their network. The company has raised $6.1 million from investors, including O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, European Founders Fund and Sabre Holdings. TripIt has been honored as a top startup by TechCrunch, Under The Radar, Web 2.0 Summit, PhoCusWright and VentureWire. More at http://www.tripit.com/.