Microsoft's new social polling app wants to take the hassle out of meeting up

Microsoft’s new app, Tossup, wants to help you get together with your friends — even if you’re all still trying to figure out exactly what that might entail.

One of the main headaches of trying to coordinate an event — either by using Facebook or by syncing people’s calendars — is that it doesn’t leave enough room for uncertainty. If you know you want to get some friends together for brunch tomorrow, but don’t know where you want to go yet, or even when, you face the unenviable task of having to hammer all the fine print out over text message.

Microsoft’s new app Tossup applies social polling technology to try to fix this problem. The app lets a group of people vote on aspects of an event — the wheres, the whens, etc. — in addition to saying if they will be able to make it.

Built-in Yelp integration makes the app especially useful for deciding what restaurant you want to go to, since you can pull in restaurants from a specific neighbourhood, complete with their rating. And even if your friends don’t have the app, they can participate using a link sent by either SMS or email (similar to how the popular group messaging app GroupMe functions).

Tossup is one of the most recent apps to come from Microsoft Garage, the internal “incubator” that encourages Microsoft’s employees to bring their novel ideas to completion. Here’s a rundown on how this app can streamline your event.

First you have to input your phone number...

...and your Facebook or email.

Then you choose what you want from the main menu.

You can pick from a list of common questions or type your own.

You can opt for a yes/no...

...or you can give a list of options.

One of the most unique features is the Yelp integration.

Then you can choose different times and wait for your friends to vote.

Or if you are interested in more general questions, you can just throw them out there...

...or answer them yourself.

You can download Tossup for either iPhone or Android.

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