A new cross-platform event planning app called Tossup, from the creative Microsoft’s Garage group, can help you plan and organize outings with friends or even formal group gatherings even when all of you are offline!
The idea came from the difficulty in organizing meetups and gatherings of old friends. Ashok Kuppusamy, one of the people behind the creation of Tossup said, “Everyone has been through the tedious experience of planning a get-together which results in long email threads or text messages that go on and on without any resolution. We’ve built an app that helps people in these everyday scenarios.”
To put it simply, the app is a group decision making tool better known as a social polling app that allows you to create polls and collects the answers to get a consensus about any event – the venue, location, food, POS etc. It will then bring the scattered group of friends en masse at a unanimously chosen informal/formal event even if the people are offline.
Available for free on both iOS and Android, a user can register by simply providing a valid email address/Facebook id and phone number. Send out an invite via a link (email/SMS) to friends who do not have the app and when the invitee clicks on it, he/she will receive a prompt to install TossUp.
Tossup is perfect for coordinating and gathering disorganized groups of friends by sending invitations through email, SMS and Facebook to vote/poll on restaurants, things to do or places to go. A simple yes/no poll can do the trick or you could create elaborate custom suggestions – the app will extract ratings and reviews from Yelp as well as other related information while the group votes. Even questionnaires can be created for to gather opinions and ideas.
Tossup can also select a time slot in the integrated calendar and add the relevant events thereby simplifying the whole planning and scheduling process. A built-in chat interface allows the user to hash out the details with individual members of the group. The app is currently only available in the US.
Microsoft Garage is known for its quirky but innovative ideas like Next Screen Lock (a lock screen concept), social apps for spying on random nearby chats, Android Wear search app, weather and news app, office apps, games, etc.