Microsoft and IRCTC have come together to launch an application for IRCTC, which will help users to reserve train tickets as well as get other Indian Railways related information. The app will work on the Windows 8 and Windows Phone platforms. It is free to download and is live now in the Windows store.
The app comes with a smooth, fluid interface with multiple screens and various tile based icons which makes it more intuitive and easy to use. To use the app, one will have to first register to use the application, and can later log in to the account to access its features without having to enter details like phone number and other basic details repeatedly while booking through the app.
One can also check PNR status, cancel tickets, check train status and booking history, look for options of trains, filter items on the basis of train name or destination information, also check the routes of respective train on a map supported in the app itself, make booking based transactions, take care of other payments, and do a lot more. However, the app will not work from 8AM to 12 noon and from 11:30PM till 12 midnight, as per the existing railways guidelines.
The IRCTC app also allows users to pin a ticket on their homescreen, which can be used to check the PNR status and other information without having to open the main app. It will require constant data connection to work and provide information in real time.
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