lastminute.com is first partner to allow customers to set personalised offers through Windows Messenger
Following news that lastminute.com has signed a strategic alliance with Microsoft® Ltd., the online provider of travel and leisure solutions is now the first partner to launch personalised offers for Microsoft® Windows® XP users through Windows Messenger.
lastminute.com will offer users the chance to personalise the newly available messenger 4.5 application on their new desktop operating system, allowing them to receive information on the holidays, hotels, restaurants, tickets and gifts that they have requested. The personalised lastminute.com offer will be available as a default tab on the Messenger 4.5 application. This new version of Messenger will be available in conjunction with the Window`s XP launch on October 25th 2001.
lastminute.com members will also benefit from Microsoft`s Passport authentication service, enabling a faster and simpler log in process, bettering their online experience. The launch of the Passport service is the first phase of lastminute.com`s .NET initiative in partnership with Microsoft.
Brent Hoberman, co-founder and CEO, lastminute.com commented:
“This is the first of many steps which we are taking with Microsoft and it is of course superb to be the first partner to be able to offer this new application to the many users that are looking to upgrade to Windows XP on the day of launch. In addition to the messenger tab we will also be launching applications for the Windows passport and alerts functions to ensure that Windows XP users can receive the most up to date, personally relevant information as quickly as possible.”
Based on the idea of matching supply and demand, lastminute.com currently offers consumers last minute opportunities to acquire airline tickets, hotel rooms, package holidays, entertainment tickets, restaurant reservations, speciality services, gifts and auctions in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia and South Africa. In October 2000, lastminute.com acquired the Degriftour Group, one of France`s leading e-travel groups. At 30 June 2001, lastminute.com had 3.5 million subscriber users and had established approximately 8,500 supplier relationships, with companies such as Lufthansa, British Midland, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Forte Hotel Group, Kempinski Hotels, English National Ballet, The Royal Albert Hall and Conran Restaurants.
lastminute.com is the most visited travel website in the UK and France according to a recent survey by Jupiter MMXI, and the only site to appear in the top ten most visited travel sites in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Italy and Spain.
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