Microsoft Developing Real-Time Location Sharing App for Windows Phone
Microsoft is reportedly working on a location-sharing application called People Sense. A Spanish site Microsoft Place was the first to spot the app, which stated that People Sense, codenamed Buddy Aware, is currently in the development stage. Similar to Apple’s Find my Friends, the service will let its users share their real-time location info with select contacts.
People sense will allow Windows Phone 10 users to select a group of contacts, termed as “trusted circle” by Microsoft, and share their location with that group. Apart from displaying real-time locations of nearby friends, the app will also give detailed directions to contacts’ locations along with the options to send messages and even make calls with the integration of Bing Maps with related services.
The software giant is also planning to offer integration with third-party applications so that users could communicate and navigate to their contacts no matter where they are. There is no mention of notifications for when friends are nearby, though the company will be adding more features before the app hit the Windows Store.
People Sense may replace the ‘Rooms’ feature on Windows Phones which Microsoft has announced to kill in March. Rooms feature, which was added to Windows Phone 8 OS almost two years ago, was meant to make the communication process easier and efficient for Windows Phone users. It allowed users to inform and entertain their social circles along with an ease of sharing private calendar, photos, videos and notes.
The People Sense app will support a UI to perfectly match the users’ choice of Windows Phone mobile handsets, and may provide shortcuts to things like calling and messaging allowing users to connect with their contacts in an instant from within the app.
No details have been given about when People Sense will be made available to download. In the meantime, check out this hands-on video of the app and share your views in the comments section below.
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