Uber recently announced plans to bring integration for its ridesharing service directly to Outlook. They will do this through the new third party app support just announced by Microsoft at the recently wrapped up Build 2015 conference. The idea for the app is simple: in the same way you might set a time reminder for an event, this add-in will allow you to set Uber ride reminders for calendar events. From their blog:
With the Uber add-in for Outlook, you can set an Uber ride reminder for any calendar event with a single tap. When it’s time to leave for your next event, Uber will send you a notification. Swipe on the notification to jump to the Uber app with the destination already set, and simply confirm your request. Whether you have an upcoming dinner reservation, doctor’s appointment, or flight, Uber and Outlook will help get you there on time.
Additionally, Uber announced deeper Cortana integration via a new add-in that will be coming this Summer. Previously you could only use your voice to request a Uber car with Cortana. With the update, Uber will now recognize events in your calendar and provide an option to call a car to your current location right before it is time to leave.
The add-in exemplifies the tight app integration Microsoft has been talking about at Build. Cortana is smart enough to know where you are and where you need to be. She can then relay this information to Uber that can help get you there.
These are just two more implementations of add-ins for Outlook and Cortana (we've already seen some). We're sure there will be more as Windows 10 gets closer to release. You can check out Uber's video detailing the Outlook add-in feature below.
Source: Uber Blog | Image: Uber