Microsoft Releases Android Apps from the Garage

Posted by at 12:50 pm on October 22, 2014

Microsoft today revealed Garage, a collective of Microsoft employees that is encouraged to tinker with apps and services for a wide range of platforms and products.

Microsoft describes the Garage as “a community of interns, employees, and teams from everywhere in the company who come together to turn our wild ideas into real projects.” Along with its public unveiling, Microsoft announced several Android apps created within the Garage that are available from the Play Store today.

For example, Torque is an app for Android Wear that lets owners of such devices twist their arm to launch Bing (not Google) Voice Search. Another, Next Lock Screen, lets Android device owners see their missed calls, messages, and calendar appointments without unlocking their device.

The apps are free to download starting today. Microsoft indicated more apps and products may emerge from the Garage, not just for Android, but for iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows, too.

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