Microsoft has been surprising the tech industry right and left lately, from the innovative HoloLens and the free Windows 10 upgrade to finally developing apps for Apple and Android gadgets. It remains to be seen how successful the "new" Microsoft is, but it's good that it's trying something different.
Of course, that calls into question its latest project from its Garage program. The Garage provides a space for Microsoft employees to work on any idea they have, similar to Google's 20% Time rule that lets employees spend one day a week on their own projects.
The Garage is Microsoft's gamble that some of its employees are going to come up with The Next Big Thing. However, this latest app probably isn't it.
It's called "Tossup" and it's available for Apple and Android (but not Windows Phone, interestingly enough). Its goal is to make it easy for a group of people to decide what they're going to do.
To do that, it combines every kind of messaging possible along with surveys and Yelp reviews. However, as many people have pointed out, there are already a large number of messaging apps that people can use to do the same thing.
The promo video for Tossup doesn't help. It's trying a little too hard to be breezy and "hip." Watch and you'll see what I mean.
What do you think? Does this sound like an app you'd use, or do you have your own method of getting everyone together? Let me know in the comments.