Microsoft’s Tossup App Helps You Make Group Decisions

Group text messaging can get confusing, especially if one person in your group falls behind in responding to the string of texts. Microsoft hopes to eliminate that confusion (and more) with a new app.

Dubbed Tossup, the app lets you -- and your friends, family, or coworkers -- organize plans together. Microsoft Garage developed the app, which aims to help you make decisions more easily even when you -- or your friends, family or coworkers -- are on the run. The app is available for iPhone and Android devices in the U.S. and Canada. Windows Phone canEUt run it, at least not yet.

EUTossup removes the friction around planning,EU said Jennifer Shen, the principal program manager lead whose team built the Tossup app. EUItEUs really about connecting with people, removing barriers that cause plans to fall through. Our aim is for you to spend more time hanging out with friends rather than coordinating schedules.EU

Hurry Up and Decide!

Microsoft described Tossup as an app that aims to advance its mission of helping people achieve more in life and work. Redmond explained that Tossup helps groups plan and make decisions by letting them vote and suggest choices.

EUEveryone has been through the tedious experience of planning a get-together which results in long e-mail threads or text messages that go on and on without any resolution,EU said Ashok Kuppusamy, a Microsoft group program manager whose team is focused on building mobile apps. EUWeEUve built an app that helps people in these everyday scenarios.EU

Sounds like a neat concept, but how does it work practically? Tossup can help you make decisions about the timing of an event, everyone in the groupEUs availability, what exactly members want to do, as well as the venues and spending limits. Tossup works in conjunction with Bing to find restaurants, along with opening...

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