Bing just released a helpful app called We're In for Windows Phone, which helps organize get-togethers by creating an event at a location that contacts can join. You create a title, location and timeframe and send an invitation to people in your contact list. Users without Windows Phones can join via a Web link.
The app allows participants to post status updates, and it displays their locations on a map, though they can tap 'leave' at any time and stop sharing their location. When the event expires, everything gets automatically cleaned up, and location sharing stops. It's kind of like Glympse but with group messaging features. We're In is currently only available for Windows Phone users in the U.S., but the post says the team is "working on bringing this app to more devices."
Huddle group messaging into a service like this. Facebook could combine events, Facebook Places, and its new Messenger app, which already has the location-sharing features. But neither of those Web giants could close the loop before Microsoft stepped in today.Google could integrate its calendars, maps and
As far as the platform, while Windows Phone 7 does not currently have much market share, an upcoming new OS version and new hardware from Nokia has the potential to stand out starkly from Android and iOS.
What do you think? Does We're In sound useful?