Microsoft Garage Interns Launched Five Experimental Consumer Apps

Incubator added five new invitation-only apps Project Santorini, Write Ideas, Hearing AI, and browser add-ins (projects Copenhagen and Oceana) at Microsoft Garage.

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Microsoft Garage interns make an impact on both the public and their mentors and have launched five new experimental consumer apps, thanks to Garage Internship Program in Cambridge.

The apps available to try on the Microsoft Garage website are not currently available on all platforms and includes: a Windows app, two iPhone apps and other twp are browser add-ins.

All these new Garage apps in private beta are available in the US and Canada.

Ben Fersenheim, who runs The Garage Internship Program in Cambridge, put the Microsoft internship program best, and said,

For students, I think the program demonstrates in a very tangible way that Microsoft is a place where they can have true impact on people's lives. We have a motto in the Garage: 'Doers, not talkers,' and I think we live that motto – students get a chance to deliver working code to real people.

Project Santorini, a Windows app provides a new way to go through your old photos stored in OneDrive using metadata. For instance, "you can use the app to swipe through photos either using location or time as one naturally does in a photo album," the company explains.

Project Santorini: Microsoft Garage Windows app

Write Ideas, an iPhone app, acts as a writing assignments previewing tool using structured prompts and questions.

"Using Write ideas, students are able to express their creativity in a variety of ways such as voice, doodles and text. Students can then export their work to email or OneNote and use it as a foundation for their writing assignments."

Another iPhone app, called "Hearing AI" allow to visualize the intensity of environmental sounds in order to gauge the ambience of a physical space. In addition, it notifies people if there are sudden changes or if sounds are damaging to their ears.

The app distinguishes between four different types of sound environments.

Project Copenhagen, is a browser add-in helps view, attach and share OneDrive files with any Gmail user.

  • Simplify your sharing – Attach multiple files to your emails with a few clicks of a button all within Gmail.
  • Store files with ease – Download attachments directly to your OneDrive, right in your inbox.

Project Oceana, another browser add-in help you quickly access, keep tabs on, your Outlook inbox right from within your Chrome browser.

  • Stay in touch – Quick glance into your Outlook inbox and preview messages with a single click of a button.
  • Stay informed – View unread mail and receive optional push notifications whenever you receive a new e-mail.
  • Organize effectively – Delete and flag e-mails directly from the extension.

If interested, you can sign up at The Garage site to try Write Ideas, Hearing AI, Project Santorini.