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Walgreens Announces App Compatibility With Windows Phone 8 At Microsoft BUILD Developer Conference

Walgreens (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG) today announced its app is available for download on mobile phone devices across the Windows Phone 8 platform. A Windows 8 version for desktops and tablets is expected to become available at a later date. Additionally, the company will soon release its QuickPrints API designed for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

“As we continue to innovate, we’re always identifying relevant ways to engage with our customers – wherever, whenever and however they prefer,” said Abhi Dhar, Walgreens e-commerce chief technology officer. “Providing our app to consumers on the Windows Phone 8 platform makes it easier for customers to shop with us, while extending our QuickPrints API creates greater value for developers interested in offering an enhanced experience for their user.”

Unique features of the app lets users create shortcuts on the device’s home screen, which allows for easy access with a single tap. Also, voice recognition can quickly open the app or any of its features.

“Apps come to life on Windows Phone thanks to features like Live Tiles and the ability to integrate directly with the phone’s own speech and Wallet capabilities,” said Todd Brix, general manager, Windows Phone Apps, Microsoft Corp. “Walgreens takes advantage of all of these features and more to enable people to quickly refill prescriptions and easily use their Balance Rewards card directly from their Windows Phone device.”

About Walgreens

As the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2012 sales of $72 billion, Walgreens ( www.walgreens.com) vision is to become America’s first choice for health and daily living. Each day, Walgreens provides more than 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services help improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. The company operates 8,096 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.

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