“Microsoft garage” was an initiative by the Redmond company the lets employees work on(during their free time) and test new products and services that in some cases never see the light of day.
Last year, the project saw a huge success launching waves of Android and Windows Phone applications and just recently, Microsoft launched a new application through their garage project called hub keyboard.
This application is targeted at Android users and as the names sounds, the software acts as an epicenter for much of the activities that are done while on the go. Not only does it allow users to easily re-access previous clips thatare already copied, it also allows for easy insertion of contact information while still aiding translation of words in real-time. A nifty feature that allows you to search and share document links through SharePoint and (Onedrive almost simultaneously) is also present.
Microsoft does seem to attract mouthy developers in their garage project (their motto is “Do epic s^^^…………… fill in the blanks) and this is what they have to say about the hub:-
“Isn’t it painful to switch between apps just to complete your routine on-the-go tasks? Hub Keyboard, a Microsoft Garage project, lets you stay in context by bringing information from different services to your fingertips and help complete your tasks faster. Sign in with your Office 365 work or school account to unlock access to more information,”
The developers claim that the app is like a link with different extensions which are specifically designed to help save time — given the fact that users are continuously spending more time using a single app rather than having to shuffle through countless applications to complete multiple tasks.
Currently, the app is only available in English but the devs promise expansion to several other languages in the nearer future.
The Hub is available on Google Play for those that want to download it and is fully compatible with Android 4.3 or later versions.