Microsoft and hospitality firm OYO have entered a multi-year strategic alliance to co-develop next-gen travel and hospitality products and technologies, the companies said on Thursday.
Microsoft has also made a strategic equity investment in Oyo, it added.
Earlier in August, in an RoC filing, Oyo had said that Microsoft Corporation has invested nearly $5 million (about Rs 37 crore) in Oyo through the issuance of equity shares and compulsory convertible cumulative preference shares on a private placement basis.
“We are excited to join hands with Microsoft in our constant endeavor to improve business opportunities for the small and independent hotel and homeowners, and to redefine experiences for travelers,” Oyo Hotels and Homes, Global COO and Chief Product Officer Abhinav Sinha said.
As part of this alliance, Oyo will develop Smart Room experiences for travellers on its platform, such as premium and customised in-room experiences for its guests, the statement said.
Using Microsoft’s Azure IoT, the experience will include self-check-in supported by a digital register of arrivals and departures and self-Know Your Customer (KYC) along with IoT-managed smart locks and virtual assistance, it added.
“Combining the power of Azure with the tech and product stack developed by Oyo, we are looking forward to accelerating innovation in travel and hospitality,” Microsoft India President Anant Maheshwari said.