Microsoft introduced a new Android and iPhone app immediately known as Tossup to help customers rapidly create polls and schedule group occasions. The brand new app comes through the Microsoft Garage, which can also be answerable for a few of Microsoft’s other recent forays into constructing apps for non-Microsoft platforms.
Tossup permits customers to rapidly construct multi-question polls with contextual info pulled from Bing. Say you’re planning a day on the seaside. You can create a poll asking what day works greatest the group, together with which seaside is the perfect and the place to go to lunch earlier than the journey.
You may arrange yes-or-no questions, obtainable time slots, restaurant choices or create your personal choices for every poll. The app routinely pulls in scores, hours and places for eating places from Bing.
“Everybody has been by means of the tedious expertise of planning a get-together which ends up in lengthy e-mail threads or textual content messages that go on and on with none decision,” group program supervisor Ashok Kuppusamy stated. “We’ve constructed an app that helps individuals in these on a regular basis eventualities.”
Nonetheless, the entire group wants to obtain the app earlier than you may arrange your subsequent outing with it. There’s a simple manner to ship a hyperlink through SMS or e-mail, however it may be simply as onerous to get your friends to obtain a brand new app as it’s to plan the outing through e-mail. An alternate app created as a side project by Microsoft engineers has a web-based portion that doesn’t require a obtain.
These Storage initiatives are an instance of Microsoft’s broader efforts to change its culture, eliminating bureaucratic hurdles and turning into extra nimble.