Microsoft Opens windows to some of Australia’s favourite brands with five new apps

Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA – 05, September 2013 – Pizza Hut, Ticketek, Xpreshon, and PageUp People today announced the release of new apps on the Windows and Windows Phone platforms at Microsoft’s TechEd conference on the Gold Coast. The new apps provide Australians with a convenient platform to get tickets to the latest sport and entertainment events, an easy gateway to a favourite takeaway, a new home for all of the hottest sports and action content, a simpler way to sell or buy a car and a contemporary approach to job searching.

“Providing Australian consumers with quality experiences is a key focus for us, and these new apps offer localised, seamless services to Australians from virtually anywhere, whenever they want, on their Windows devices and Windows Phone handsets,” said Chris Bright, Head of Apps Business Development, Microsoft Australia. “While we are celebrating the launch of five new apps across the Windows platforms, two of these brands, Carsales and Pizza Hut, are marking their second Windows app. Both companies recognised the value and advantages of engaging with Windows customers across the Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms and took advantage of the streamlined process of porting the apps across both.”

The new apps add to an ever expanding range of options in the Windows Store and Windows Phone Store. In May, Microsoft announced it had surpassed 250 million Windows Store downloads, and that almost 90% of its app catalog was being downloaded every month. The Windows Phone Store has more than 170,000 apps and games.

The new Ticketek app for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 allows users to browse events and buy tickets to the best live events in Australia. Fans can discover events by genre or use the geo-based ‘What’s On’ guide to find out what’s happening around you. The app integrates Ticketek’s market leading ticket technology through the personal ticket wallet and allows users to share event information via social media. Never miss out again on seeing your favourite artist, sports team or show!

The apps are available now and are free. For more information on the new Ticketek app, please visit the detailed Q&A or

Pizza Hut
Following the successful launch of the Windows Phone app, the new Pizza Hut Windows 8 app builds on key features such as customisable pizza options, one-touch favourites and a streamlined ordering process.
The app will be available from Thursday 5th September, and will be free. For more information on the new Pizza Hut app, please visit the detailed Q&A.

Xpreshon is the New Home of Action Sports Entertainment. From daily breaking news, live events, in-depth athlete profiles and the best Action Sports movies on demand, Xpreshon is the daily destination for all of your Action Sports lifestyle and culture, all available exclusively on the Windows 8 and Xbox Live platforms. Immerse yourself in Action Sports entertainment, news and information with Xpreshon and stay connected wherever you are.

The app will be available from 3rd September 2013, and will be free. For more information on the new Xpreshon app, please visit the detailed Q&A.

Carsales successfully launched a Windows 8 app to a great reception and higher than expected downloads, making the decision to launch a new app on the Windows Phone 8 platform an easy one. The new app will offer customers the ability to search for their perfect car, from over 200,000 new and used models for sale, simply and seamlessly from their Windows Phone device.

The app is available on both the Windows Phone and Windows 8 stores. For more information on the new Carsales app, please visit the detailed Q&A.

PageUp People has developed a Windows 8.1 update of its consumer app version of CareerPath, from the company’s industry-leading Unified Talent Management solution. Developed with the latest Microsoft technologies on an Azure-hosted solution, the CareerPath app supports touch command patterns and social connectors, as well as search and share. The latest release of the CareerPath app connects users to Yammer profiles and other social connections, enabling employees to work within their own professional network to explore real career pathways and plan their future.

The app will be available for download from the Windows Store. For more information on the new PageUp People app, please visit the detailed Q&A.

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