Microsoft student interns help to create five new Garage apps

A group of student interns at Microsoft's offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts helped to create five new apps in the company's experimental Garage program, three of which are Windows apps.

In a blog post (opens in new tab), Microsoft stated:

The internship program focuses on a symbiotic relationship between students and mentors. When they begin their internships, the students break off into teams to tackle the project ideas that excite them the most, and over the course of the internship they work closely with the sponsoring business group, which provides mentorship, guidance and domain expertise to the students. In return, the sponsoring teams benefit from the energies of young, passionate engineers who can deliver on experiments in only a few months.

The three Windows apps that the interns created for the Garage program are:

  • Project Santorini: Introducing Santorini, a unique photo experience emphasizing the power of nostalgia. Santorini guides you through a fun and serendipitous photo exploration journey by using your hidden photo metadata. Enter the experience by choosing a starting photo from your OneDrive collection. Our novel dual-axis interface then allows you to fluidly navigate between photos taken in the same place and other locations. Enjoy your journey as memories flood back from your sister's wedding, your son's first day of school, or your unforgettable vacation. To re-enter from another starting point, simply return to the collage view and choose another photo. Have photos without an associated time or location? Santorini also makes it fun and easy to add that information as well. Say goodbye to endlessly scrolling through your photo collection! Start reminiscing today.
  • Write Ideas: Write ideas offers students the best prewriting tool to get a jump-start on their writing assignments. Write ideas eases students through their writing assignments 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.
  • Hearing AI: Hearing AI aims to connect people to the world of sound. The interface allows people to visualize the intensity of environmental sounds in order to gauge the ambience of a physical space. Hearing AI distinguishes between four different types of sound environments and notifies people if there are sudden changes or if sounds are damaging to their ears. In addition, Hearing AI uses real-time speech-to-text technology to transcribe verbal conversations with an emphasis on visualizing the loudness of speech through typography.

In addition, the intern created two web browser add-ons:

  • Project Copenhagen: Project Copenhagen is the simplest way to view, attach, and share your OneDrive files to anyone with Gmail. 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: Project Oceana is the quickest way to access, and 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.

All of the new Microsoft Garage apps are available by invitation only; you can sign up to try them out at the Garage website (opens in new tab):

John Callaham
  • Link is not working for sign up
  • Nevermind that........
    5 apps created within MS. All 5 apps should work with Windows. There is no reason why they shouldn't. End of story
  • aww US only?  I want to give santorini a try, I've been using geophoto lately to look back at all the places I've been to and it's awesome.... indexing 48000 photos on my NAS is taking a long time though :)  They should have map drive support, not just onedrive :)
  • I think the Garage initiative is great, but when a product gains traction it really should evolve into a fully supported app. Look at Squadwatch...great app for any family with multiple Windows Phones, but needs some fine tuning and an update.
    (or am I only one of like half a dozen people who use it...?)
  • That's essentially what is happening for oneclip or "bundle"/whatever the new name is going to be. It started as a garage app (I think) and then got pulled and will now be reintroduced as a more integrated part of the Windows 10 in the future. I've never used/don't have a need for squadwatch, but it does look nice for families.
  • Didn't realize about this!
  • damn not available to download now :(
  • Available in Canadian Store.
  • @evilama. I tried squadwatch but it never worked properly for me. I now use simple latitude, works like a charm. Best family locator, and I pretty much tried all of them.
  • Ah man...that app uses Google Maps? Why have authentication via Live sign in then use that other product... :(
  • If I had a choice I would not use google maps, unfortunately all other family locators on windows phone stopped working with the introduction of windows mobile. I'm happy I managed to find this one, otherwise my family would have had to dump their windows phones and replace them with android phones.
  • I always thought that since you sign into Windows Maps anyway, that this "share-location" functionality should've just been built-in.
  • Microsoft Garbage team didn't make any app for Windows, again.
  • Enjoy them, Apple.
  • "The three Windows apps that the interns created for the Garage program are" Reading is hard, I know.
  • Well, the article writer AND DanteXE need to learn to read. Both Hearing AI and Write Ideas are iOS only according to the actual website. Santorini is the only one that appears to be a Windows app.
  • The Chrome extensions are probably for Windows
  • Yes, probably. So?
  • Well it seems this was Nuttela's plan all along...cost reduction no matter the cost in quality on one of their major and key products: Windows OS. It will take some time, but soon enough companies will start to rant over windows 10 os, because it's so f%^ed up that it cannot be trusted running on company pcs. I wasn't even dreaming that the day, windows will fall this much in quality, will ever come.
  • If good ol' Saynothing Nutscrape would have had some interns develop an Instagram and a Waze app a couple years ago, the world might be a very different place today.
  • Instagram has been available for a couple years. Waze is owned by Google....
    Edit: Third party instagram clients (which one developed by MS would have been considered as well) have been around for even longer.
  • I am totally NOT a satya nutella fan at all!  However,  it is NOT microsofts business to develop apps for their platform if its not their service.  So Instagram, waze,  etc would probably sue for IP theft if MS did that.  Its up to microsoft to provide a compelling product that consumers want to use to draw these developers into the ecosystem....Obviously....Microsoft as failed miserably at doing just this!  More so since their office apps work better on ios and android than they do on their own mobile platform.
  • Just to clarify, only *one* of the three Windows apps are actually Windows apps. Two are for iOS only.
  • The big question is will any of them work on Windowsphone? Many Garage apps do not.
  • Santorini appears to be only available for Windows phone.
  • Hearing AI looks rudimentary but interesting, I've been reading a lot about autism, sensory perceptual development, hyper and hyposensitivity etc so an app visualises sound intensity would be pretty useful to try out. Oh but its only available on iOS, quelle surprise.
  • Cool,  at least my son,  who has autism can try that one out.!
  • maybe they could get them to fix the major bugs in the android groove app while they are there ... no one on the groove team seems to care it doesn't work for a lot of people.
  • If your an insider,  you ARE the groove team....
  • Project Oceana looks interesting.
  • besides working on the windows Os, yes...or you really think Ms has any experienced engineers working for the windows OS? those are too expensive to keep...sorry for this, but when I look at the trash quality of the AU update what else can I think of?
  • Windows Store, for studente only (real devs are fine away)