Cloud-based accounting software provider Xero has released Xero Touch, a mobile application that’s now available from the Apple App Store, giving small business owners access to their financial information in Xero.

Xero Touch offers small business owners the ability to check bank and credit card balances; create and send invoices; add expenses; and view and check a client’s location with integrated Google Maps and add notes.

“We believe mobile should be a core part of every software company’s development strategy,” said Xero chief technology officer Craig Walker. “We are breaking accounting out of the back office, with employees being able to do their expense claims on the fly and invoice on the road. Business is done in coffee shops, on the train and while walking down the street. We’ve made sure that Xero can support our customers wherever they’re doing business.”

Built in HTML5, Xero Touch runs on recent devices from both Apple and Android, such as the iPhone 3GS/4 and devices running the Android 2.2+ operating system.

The Xero software works with many U.S. banks, including Chase, Bank of America and Citibank, to automatically import bank statement data for quick reconciliation with accounting records.

In addition, Walker is now leading Xero’s efforts to grow in the U.S. market and recently opened a U.S. office in San Francisco. Xero, founded in 2006, is based in Auckland, New Zealand.

For more information, visit www.xero.com.

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