Microsoft Garage releases Outings travel app

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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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.