Microsoft wants "20-50 curious minds" to help test its new Sourcerer research app on Android

Microsoft is looking for students and researchers to help test a new app called 'Sourcerer', created under the Office Insider Program as part of the company's experimental Garage development projects.

Sourcerer is designed to "make the research process easier for students", and Microsoft says that its ultimate aim is to help students save time, by establishing a "quick and intuitive" flow for research.

The Office Insider team is looking for "20-50 curious minds" to help test the app in its earliest stages of development. They want to hear specifically from students (including undergrads, graduates, and PhD candidates) as well as full-time researchers who will be actively working through August and September on an academic research project "on any topic, from any department".

Additionally, applicants will need to have a phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or newer, and must be willing to use the app for a month as part of their research. You can apply from any part of the world, as Microsoft says that it will communicate via Skype and email with those chosen to take part in the trial.

To apply to test Sourcerer, here's what you'll need to do:

  • Email us (externaluserstudy@microsoft.com) and tell us you want to participate.
  • Keep doing your research, and use Sourcerer when appropriate.
  • Fill out a short survey when you install the app.
  • Fill out a follow-up survey two weeks later.
  • After a month of usage, participate in a phone/Skype interview so we can get your feedback on our app.

Source: Office Insider team

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