CAB BOOKING UPSTART Uber has released an updated app for Windows Phone users.
Uber released a Windows Phone app in 2013, but pulled it from the Windows Store following complaints that it simply redirected users to the Uber mobile website.
Now the firm has launched a native app for Microsoft's Windows Phone mobile operating system (OS) that offers much of the functionality found in Uber's iOS and Android apps.
This is good news for both Uber and Windows Phone users, as the app arrives as one of the first casual ride booking applications for Microsoft's mobile OS, besides Kabbee, beating rival service Hailo to release.
In a blog post brilliantly titled "Uber arrives on the Windows Phone" the company said, "Previously, Windows Phone users accessed Uber through our mobile site, but starting today, users can connect through a native app that is optimised for the Windows Phone platform and reflects the complete Uber experience."
"Users will be able to open the Uber app on their Windows Phone anywhere in the world - whether in the United States, India or France - and seamlessly request a safe, reliable ride at the touch of a button."
Functionality within the app so far includes, naturally, the ability to book a ride and compare different prices, with Uber saying that it will be adding fare quotes within the app, sharable links and the ability to split fares between multiple people.
The Uber app is now available for download now for free in the Windows Phone Store, and is compatible with devices running Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1. µ