Starbucks is about a month away from (finally) releasing a Windows version of its popular mobile app, according to the coffee company’s president and chief operating officer Kevin Johnson.
“[Our] team has been working in partnership with Microsoft and we are within 30 to 45 days of releasing a Windows Phone app,” said Johnson, the former Microsoft executive, at Starbucks’ shareholder meeting today.
The Starbucks app, which lets users pay for drinks, track rewards and even order on the go, has been conspiciously absent from Microsoft’s mobile platform. While customers with Windows-powered phones could still use Starbucks gift cards (or even their Microsoft Band!) to earn rewards, managing them on the go could be hassle.
According to one Windows Central forum poster last year, a Starbucks customer service representative said the app wasn’t coming because the company focuses on “platforms where we see the greatest opportunity,” and Windows wasn’t one of them. Apparently, that’s changed.
A former Microsoft Windows division president and longtime member of the Starbucks board, Johnson joined the Starbucks executive leadership team last year — stirring speculation that a Starbucks app for Windows couldn’t be far behind.
While not much more was said about the app on stage, Johnson was probably talking about an app for Windows 10 Mobile, which just started rolling out to older phones last week. The new app would likely come with the same features of the iOS and Android versions.
We’ve contacted Microsoft for more details on the app and partnership.