Last month we reported on Microsoft Outings, a once-secret Microsoft Garage app designed as a personal travel guide to assist you in finding and discovering new places to visit. Today, Microsoft Leaker WalkingCat revealed that the app is now live on both iOS and Android.
A dedicated webpage for Outings is also live, giving the same details on uses of the app which were initially revealed during last month's initial leak. Essentially, the app allows for a user to search for high-quality travel stories about beautiful places from travel blogs and other places. There's also a bucket list feature which helps users save search results to a folder for later sharing on social media. Other features are listed below.
- Stunning images: Let photos give you an immediate feel for the whole adventure that awaits you. Outings curates and adds more trip destinations and interesting places regularly, so you will have a steady stream of places to visit.
- Get inspired to explore: Choose topics that interest you and swipe through travel stories tailored just for you. The Discover feed shows places all around that you may enjoy. The Nearby feed offers stories about places around you. Been there before? Check it off the list and keep track of all the places you’ve been. Switch to a map view for a visual experience and see what’s around the corner. Or search more topics and destinations for travel ideas and inspiration.
Microsoft is also inviting partners to join in building and consume on the Outings platform. "Outings is a unique platform that offers a deep knowledge graph of places with complementing stories via an enhanced search and recommendation API. The Outings platform enables Bing endpoints to provide stunning and differentiated experiences around places," writes Microsoft.
You can find the download links for Outings below. If you've so happened to enjoy the app, let us know your thoughts in the comments section.