Spotlight: Microsoft Kaizala lets you manage your everyday business via simple chat

Spotlight: Microsoft Kaizala lets you manage your everyday business via simple chat
Microsoft is pretty serious about its Android apps as of late. After introducing the intelligent Hub keyboard, the newest thing on our radar is Kaizala. Another Microsoft Garage project (an initiative that lets employees work on projects that usually have no relation to their primary function within the company), Kaizala helps you get work done by tracking bills, jobs, locations, and other track-me things. But unlike the many apps like it, this one is designed to be as simple as a messaging app. If you ever thought about managing your everyday business on chat, this app is just the thing.

Kaizala accomplishes its stunt by bringing your communication with team, partners and customers to one place. Microsoft made tracking your resources (people, time, and money) as simple as sending an 'action' in your chat. Kind of like in Skype, you can organize your team just as you want – it can be one chat for everyone, or opening a new chat for each project or team. The app also supports a bunch of simple and quick actions to make the most out of the conversations you initiated.

For example, you can Share or Request location updates to keep track of where your team members are. You can also share a photo with location information for additional convenience, and while we're talking photos, you can take advantage of Bill Submit to capture and share bill photos, managing your bills on the move. There's also the option to assign and track the status of pending jobs. Additionally, you can request and share somebody's availability on any future date, or easily share images and other attachments.

Kaizala doesn't need a computer, laptop or server. You just download the app and you're ready to go. It also works on 2G, and is completely free, although it's an Android exclusive.

Developer: Microsoft Download: Android
Category: Productivity Price: Free



9. jvardon

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

Is there anything innovative about this app? It sounds like one could do all this in a group chat on any of the main messaging apps.

7. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

With Microsoft Hub keyboard, Microsoft Next lock screen and now this it looks to me like they are testing the market to see if dropping WP and going Android is a good idea. I do not see a use for this but the other two products are good but need a little refinement. I think Microsoft will launch an Android phone with their own UI within the next year like BlackBerry did with the Priv.

5. Kakarot

Posts: 57; Member since: Jul 31, 2015

"Kai_zala" means "What's the matter?" In my native tongue, which is Marathi.

3. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

When will these stupid b@stards release for Microsoft not other platforms no wonder it's all going down and I'm a windows phone user!!!!!!

4. grbrao

Posts: 294; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

MS either extreemly stupid or genius.. Extreemly stupid casuse they dont take care of there own windows phone costumers or extreely genius cause they found that it is not working with windows and started making money on other mobile OS...

8. Penny

Posts: 1880; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It goes a little deeper than that... Because these are garage projects, one can assume it is Microsoft's way of trying to capitalize on the individual interests and talents of its employees, considering employees will sometimes want to do side projects for fun. The damning part of it is that this indirectly shows where employee interests lie, which appears largely to be with Android and sometimes iOS. Windows Phone is most definitely not dead, but I would bet that the majority of Microsoft employees don't currently share the vision being pushed by Microsoft leadership, otherwise they would be more excited and creative with their own platform.

1. maxha97

Posts: 100; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

WM is dead unless there is new surface phone

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Whaaaaat ? Tell me where the hell in the article, says WP or WM. Jeeeez moron, you are so freaking off topic.

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