Microsoft is reportedly testing a new app designed to let shift workers manage their schedule called Project Sonoma (via Techcrunch). The app has not been officially announced yet and is currently in private preview for iOS and Android devices, though the official website currently invites business user to join a waitlist to test it. A Microsoft spokesperson shared the following statement to TechCrunch:
Project Sonoma is an app we are testing with a limited group of customers that lets employees view and manage their work shifts from their phone. People whose company has signed up to participate during the testing phase can install and use the app. We are not disclosing the names or number of companies participating in the test.
We’re always building and incubating new solutions to help people get more done, and we don’t have any availability timelines or details to share at this time. We can confirm that Project Sonoma has been developed internally by Microsoft from the ground up and is not based on an acquisition.
Overall, the app appears to be a mobile-first solution that could allow shift workers to be more productive, and it could be an interesting complement to the AI powered scheduling service Genee that Microsoft acquired yesterday. Let us know in the comments if you think Project Sonoma could be useful for Shift workers.