Parcel Tracker returns to Windows Phone, also available for Windows 8

Good news for those who enjoyed the functionality of Parcel Tracker on Windows Phone. The developer has decided to support the app on the Store once again. This is after announcing their departure from the platform earlier last month. We've previously reviewed Parcel Tracker, as well as providing the developer with coverage for each major update applied, so it's good to see the well received app back on the Store. But that's not all that has arrived.

The developer has also decided to launch a similar app (albeit with a different title) for Windows 8, the newly released version of Microsoft's desktop operating system. While we're excited to see both apps now being officially supported with the future looking bright, we can't help but think we have Microsoft to thank for that.

Parcel Tracker

Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 have just launched, reviews are generally positive, Windows 8 sales have been highlighted by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, and Windows Phone 8 hardware have begun to roll out so it makes sense for any developer to reassess Microsoft's mobile platform. The developer of Parcel Tracker revealed poor sales and conversions to be the main factor in their previous departure.

If you've never heard of Parcel Tracker, you might want to check out our previous coverage, as well as the review we published back in 2010 (it's weird going back that far in Windows Phone's life). The app is a must-have for those who are required to keep track of packages and shipments that are in transit. A much loved feature is push notifications support that's utilised by many veteran users.

Package Tracker

As mentioned above, the developer has also released a Windows 8 app, called Package Tracker. Now, before you get overly excited and start drooling, synchronisation between the two apps isn't yet possible. But the developer has revealed in a news bulletin posted within the Parcel Tracker Windows Phone app that this functionality will be included soon.

You can download Parcel Tracker from the Windows Phone Store (QR Code below) for $2.49 (£1.99), and Package Tracker can be downloaded from the Windows Store for $2.99 (£2.19). Thanks, Mike, for the tip!

QR: Parcel Tracker

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.