Microsoft Garage is one of the tech giant’s skunkworks pockets within the company dedicated to producing new apps that may not exactly fit with the larger corporate product map. The latest release from Microsoft Garage is an app targeted at travelers or those who dream of traveling. Outings is designed to help you discover places to visit both near and far.
Outings works by asking users to pick areas of interest like outdoor adventures, historical sites, kid-friendly activities or “hidden gems.” Outings will then build a virtual bucket list of destinations based on this input and stores this in the “Discover” tab in the app. Another tab called “Nearby” will provide information and stories on sites of interest that are close by. The Outings team gives you an option to check off places as having been visited so you can keep track of your travels. The final tab is a Search screen in case you need to look for something more specific or outside your normal interests.
One of the highlights of the app is the use of images and “stories” describing a location to give you better idea of what you may find at the destination. Besides adding places to a bucket list or checking them off as visited, users can also share locations with others.
Outings is available in the Google Play store now. It does appear you can only use a Google or Facebook login with the app.
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