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Microsoft leak reveals new location-sharing app called ‘People Sense’


Microsoft appears to be working on a new location-sharing app called People Sense, which could soon be available to download from the Windows Store. The app is similar to Apple’s Find My Friends, allowing users to reveal their real-time location to selected contacts.

People Sense was discovered by Spanish blog Microsoft Place, which somehow managed to get a brief hands-on with it. For now, it is codenamed Buddy Aware and it’s still unfinished, but its build date of February 17 suggests this is an app Microsoft is still actively developing.

People Sense will reportedly allow Windows 10 users to select a group of contacts — or “trusted circle,” as Microsoft puts it — with which to share their location. It is also expected to integrate with third-party Windows Phone applications “for communication and navigation purposes,” Windows Central reports, so that you’ll be able to get directions to a friend’s location when you want to meet up.

People Sense may also provide shortcuts to things like calling and messaging, so if you see a friend is nearby, you’ll be able to connect with them in an instant without leaving the app.

In the hands-on video below, People Sense seems pretty basic right now, but Microsoft Place reports other functions will be added before it is made available to the public.

There’s no indication when People Sense may be available to download, so we’ll have to wait for more details from Microsoft.

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...