Last week, we reported about a new project from Microsoft called ‘Project Phoenix’ which is an expense tracking iOS app. Today, more details on it got revealed. First, look the screenshots of the app above. Phoenix makes it simple and fast to file an expense the moment it occurs. Within ten seconds of swiping your card, see your filled out expense. Stop stuffing paper receipts into your wallet, you can snap a picture and you are done. Having dinner with clients? Phoenix finds client names and titles straight from your Outlook Calendar and add it to expense report.
Read the message from Phoenix team below.
The phoenix team at Microsoft began with a simple realization: expense reports suck.
With the amazing computing power of the mobile phones which sit in our pockets as we take business trips, one would think that the tedious details of expense would no longer need to exist.
Yet, most of us know that little has improved in the expense reporting process since the linked corp card was introduced many years ago.We decided talked with hundreds of account executives, to go deep on this problem, and understand what it’s like to be an frequent business traveler today.
We took all of our learnings and created the vision of Phoenix: a mobile app that uses all the smarts we can gather to automatically fill out your expenses for you. Then, by giving you a notification of your credit card spend in real time, we let you glance at at the expense, approve it, and be done forever.
Today, our first cut of Phoenix is alive. It’s still early – we’ve got a way to go to bring this vision to life – but we’re now ready for others to join us on our mission to slay the expense report beast!
It is a Microsoft Garage project and you can find more details about it here.