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Here's a look at Microsoft's new social gathering app, which is exclusive to iPhones

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Microsoft has released a new app that's only available to iPhone users.

"Who's In?" works with iMessage and lets users choose an activity — like going out to dinner or watching a movie — and then send it out to a group of people. Anyone interested in attending the get-together can respond through iMessage.

Microsoft hasn't typically been adept at creating social networks, though. LinkedIn, the exception, was an acquisition. Is Who's In any different? Let's take a tour.


— By CNBC's Todd Haselton
Posted 6 April 2017


You’ll find “Who’s In” in the app store. Once it's installed, you won’t find it on your iPhone home screen like a typical app. It’ll only exist within iMessage.

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Open iMessage, start to create a text, and then tap the iMessage app button next to your message. It's the blue icon in my screen shot. Then tap the “Who’s in” button.

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This is the main Who’s In page, where you’ll select a group activity. Let’s try a Happy Hour.

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Who’s In uses Bing to find local restaurants, complete with reviews and other information powered by Yelp. Bing typically isn’t as powerful as Google for finding a place to eat, but I’m not surprised it’s the only option in this app. It's a Microsoft product.

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Anyone care to join me at Applebee’s in the Bronx for after-work drinks and appetizers? Let’s find out.

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Let’s go around 7 p.m. I have some things I need to finish up at the office.

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My invite is ready to go. Applebee’s Fordham Plaza at 7 p.m.

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Add a note and send it off to the group.

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I’m in! The folks you invite don’t need to have the app installed for it to work. They’ll also be able to see who’s in and who’s out.

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Microsoft's new app is fun and convenient if you're looking to get a group of people together without trying to go back and forth through text messages. The event planner just has to think up the event and send out an invite. Folks can say if they're in or out, view the destination (in this case a restaurant) get directions and more. It's a fun add-on to iMessage which is a double-edged sword. You'll still be able to invite people with Android devices, but they won't be able to create an event on their own. You can check out Who's In by searching in the iTunes App Store now.