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Microsoft app helps you coordinate with fellow shift workers

Engadget Engadget 22/08/2016 Jon Fingas
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Sure, the office crowd has chat apps like Slack and HipChat to coordinate what they're doing, but what if you're a shift worker who needs to swap hours? Microsoft (which already has GroupMe and Skype for Business, we'd add) might help. It's testing Project Sonoma, a currently closed-access app for Android and iOS that helps shift workers keep track of the daily grind. You can see shifts, request swaps and chat with teammates either one-on-one or in groups. If you've ever wanted someone to cover your stint while you're out at the dentist's, this could be your app of choice.

Microsoft hasn't said if or when it plans to release Project Sonoma to everyone. You can sign up for a waiting list if you want to get in. We've asked it about what's happening and will let you know what it says. With that said, it won't be surprising if you can try it soon. Our friends at TechCrunchsuspect that Microsoft bought the developers of a very similar app, Shiftr -- while Microsoft has plenty of experiments (such as its Garage projects), it likely wants to translate an acquisition to a widely available product.

App Store, Google Play, Project Sonoma

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