Introducing Microsoft Garage

by Eric Wyatt
(last updated March 1, 2021)

I believe we can all agree that there are some fairly intelligent people in the world today, people who see things just a little bit differently. You know the ones; they see a problem and know that there should be a solution or fix to the problem they see. If they discover there isn't a solution already available, they take it upon themselves to create one. I like to follow these types of thinkers, to follow along with the ones who look at our digital, computer-based lives, see a need and work to solve it. These types of people are responsible for the computers we have today. While I do not completely understand the ins and outs behind everything they do, it is fun to follow along and help when possible.

Microsoft enjoys this as well, and why shouldn't they? This is, in fact, how Microsoft started. Seeing the need for new creative ideas that can ultimately be turned into new features or standalone services is of great value to any computer company. To help foster creative thinking and provide resources to those who in turn are willing to do some of the legwork for Microsoft, the company created an avenue for them to do so. This is how we get Microsoft Garage.

According to Microsoft, "the Garage is a program that drives a culture of innovation." This isn't just hyperbole. Looking through some of the archived or completed projects you can see some great services. Services like Eye Control, a service that allows Windows 10 users with disabilities to use aspects of their computer with the movement of their eye. Or Mouse Without Borders, a method to use one mouse and keyboard on up to 4 machines at one time, over your network.

The programs that come out of Microsoft Garage can be for users of different varieties, as Garage offers projects for presentations, sports, phones, app developers, artists, and more. According to Microsoft, the Garage program "attracts people who are passionate about making a difference in the world. They are relentlessly curious and lifelong, hands-on learners. By actively participating in the creative process, regardless of success or failure, each person gets the opportunity to gain valuable insights, increase their knowledge, and learn diverse perspectives."

So what does that mean for you? By heading over to Microsoft's Garage site you can see and download some of the new creative programs that might have a huge impact on the future of computers. The "Workbench" section of the site has over 20 active programs that if they come to fruition could be pretty amazing, such as Journal or Digital Marketing Center. It is important to remember that these are projects in motion. This means that a project could cease working at any time or not be as stable as some might expect.

 This tip (13829) applies to Windows 10.

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Eric Wyatt

Eric Wyatt is a swell guy (or so his friends tell him). He is a formally trained designer and branding expert, bringing a wide range of skills to his Tips.Net articles. ...


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