Microsoft Wants to Add Starbucks Ordering to Outlook

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 11:26 PM

It'south an April (caffeine) Fix! You may soon be able to order your favorite Starbucks drink directly through your email interface — as long as you're using Outlook, that is.

Microsoft Wants to Add Starbucks Ordering to Outlook

No, it'south not an April Fool. It'south an April (caffeine) Fix! You may soon be able to order your favorite Starbucks drink directly through your email interface — as long as you're using Outlook, that is.

Microsoft announced on Thursday at its annual Construct conference in San Francisco that it's developing an email tool that'll authorize users to schedule meetings at a Starbucks location and order coffee ahead of time.

"We're always looking for new ways to be engaged in with our customers exterior our stores," said Starbucks CTO Gerri Martin-Flickinger at Thursday'south presentation. "Our work with Office is opening up new opportunities for us to connect with our customers and rescue them time when they wish to combine coffee with meetings."

In the same way that Facebook Messenger is ramping up its third-party offerings — integrating tools to hail a Lyft, send money, or check in for a flight — it'd show up that Microsoft is also looking to manage people to one specific platform for all their needs.

However, unlike Facebook — which is concentrating on the business-to-consumer model — Microsoft is banking on artificial intelligence to do the work.

"Ultimately, it'south not going to be about man versus machines. It's going to be about man with machines," Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told conference attendees on Wednesday.

The company unveiled a few other tricks at the three-day event, including plans for an embedded Skype app that'd authorize businesses to conduct web meetings from their browser or mobile device, and the integration of its Cortana virtual concierge into Outlook and Calendar to do anything from get your pizza order to map your vacation.

Read More: Microsoft Envisions a Future of Bots, AI, That Predict Your Every Need

The Starbucks-on-demand feature has number launch date as of yet, but will undoubtedly prove useful for early morning team meetings, or weekend wind-downs with a friend. And for those awkward moments when you don't wish to meet up with a friend, you can let them down gently by using one of the tool'south other features — send them a Starbucks gift card.

Presently if only there was an app that ordered a circular of martinis.

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