Isn’t it great to be given an avenue to express your creativity without being harshly judged? The said concept had jumpstarted the project Microsoft Garage in 2009. The aim was to give Microsoft employees an incubator for their wild yet innovative ideas. The garage was private then, an area where the company openly supported the group to experiment side projects, hackathons, and much brainstorming. Until recently, on October 22, Microsoft Garage opened its doors for public viewing.

Giving Early Experience for Emerging Apps

Microsoft Garage, launched privately in 2009 for Microsoft employees for them to think beyond the realm of Windows, has gone public by announcing that the Garage is now open for consumers to check out. This amazing announcement will excite consumers into testing different new apps that the group has been working on for years or months.

Most apps created in Microsoft Garage works on Android devices and even Xbox One. Now, consumers can get first access to new technologies and provide real feedback regarding their user experience. This could help developers improved their projects more or could serve as a validation that a product is ready for launching.

Debuts with 16 Microsoft Garage Apps

Some of these apps were built from different Microsoft Garage activities such as Hackathons, side projects, and other supported projects. They’re also created both by individual employees, groups, and even interns. The 16 apps on Microsoft Garage were already reviewed by an internal group of Microsoft employees for initial feedback before offering them to the store.

Most projects are productivity apps like Collaborate, Student Planner, and Work Item Studio. Other interesting products include social apps, entertainment, and games, which some have yet to be launched for consumer use.

Interested in Improving Android

As a tech competitor, it’s unusual that Microsoft wants to create apps that are platform-agnostic, especially for Google’s Android operating system. Most products created in the Microsoft Garage are geared on improving the Android experience.

It’s really interesting to see Microsoft builds something that an Android user can take advantage upon. Whatever the reason, it’s partly obvious that they’re making the Android platform a testing ground for their experimental work.