Microsoft Garage

Microsoft Garage

From the webpage:

Hackers, makers, artists, tinkerers, musicians, inventors — on any given day you’ll find them in The Microsoft Garage.

We are a community of interns, employees, and teams from everywhere in the company who come together to turn our wild ideas into real projects. This site gives you early access to projects as they come to life.

Tell us what rocks, and what doesn’t.

Welcome to The Microsoft Garage.

Two projects (out of several) that I thought were interesting:


Host or join collaboration sessions on canvases that hold text cards and images. Ink on the canvas to organize your content, or manipulate the text and images using pinch, drag, and rotate gestures.


Floatz, a Microsoft Garage project, lets you float an idea out to the people around you, and see what they think. Join in on any nearby Floatz conversation, or start a new one with a question, idea, or image that you share anonymously with people nearby.

Share your team spirit at a sporting event, or your awesome picture of the band at a rock concert. Ask the locals where to get a good meal when visiting an unfamiliar neighborhood. Speak your mind, express your feelings, and find out if there are others around you who feel the same way—all from the safety of an anonymous screen name in Floatz.

I understand the theory of asking for advice anonymously, but I assume that also means the person answering is anonymous as well. Yes? I don’t have a cellphone so I can’t test that theory. Comments?

On the other hand, if you are sharing data with known and unknown others, so you know which “anonymous” screen names to trust (for example, don’t trust name with FBI, CIA or NSA preceded or followed by hyphens), then Floatz could very useful.

I first saw this in Nat Torkington’s Four short links: 23 October 2014.

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