Archive for January, 2009

A look at Microsoft Tag


Some days ago, Katrien De Graeve, a DE at Microsoft Belgium twittered

I want new full color business card with ‘attached’ vCard – – no more typing over contacts!

Tag. Tag? Microsoft Tag? Business Cards? vCards? I had to check this out, so I popped the URL open in a web browser and took a look. I turned out to be a tag system that is currently in beta – developed by Microsoft. 2D Barcodes is nothing new, but until now, they have been composed by tiny black and white dots arranged in a rectangle.

Accompanying the new tag system is a mobile client – or more specific – mobile clients that enables you to just point your camera at at tag and it will automatically fetch the linked data, whether it is an URL, a vCard or some free text. You just point – you don’t have to press the camera button.  The current beta is free for personal usage, but Microsoft sees a commercial market for the system. When you have created an account and created your first tag – that you can render into PDF, WMF or XPS in different sizes and with different layouts, you will be able to track the usage of the tag with a reporting functionality located on the account page.

One of the render options is to add “Get the free app for your mobile at ” a web site optimized for mobile clients, that sports the different kinds of mobile clients. The list of available clients are quite impressive;

  • Windows Mobile (of course)
  • Android
  • Blackberry
  • iPhone
  • Java 2 Micro Edition
  • PalmOS
  • Symbian S60 (incl. 1st, 2nd & 3rd edition).


So, I challenge you all to download the software to your mobile and see what’s underneath the following tag:Tag!

For extra credits, I challenge you to put up your own tag(s) on your blog (all of the Norwegian techie/twitter posse – consider yourself tagged) and optionally send me a link in the comments field below :-)

Microsoft Connected Systems MVP 2009!

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Microsoft MVP logo Yesterday, I received an email I have been hoping for (more than any of the Christmas gifts I got :-P) with the subject:

Congratulations 2009 Microsoft MVP!

I’ve known for some time that I was nominated for the Connected Systems Developer MVP, so I have really been anticipating the arrival of 2009 – 01 – 01.

The mail didn’t show up before 1520-something in the afternoon, so I went around with butterflies in my stomach all day trying to keep my thoughts elsewhere; my son need a lot of attention, so we rolled out a gymnastics mat in the living room and had some fun.

Since I’ve now received the Connected Systems MVP award I feel quite humbled; If you check out the MVP awardees website (my profile isn’t up yet) you will probably notice a lot of hotshots in that category – to namedrop a few; Juval Löwy, Michèle L. Bustamante, Christian Weyer, Aaron Skonnard, Pablo M. Cibraro, Dan Rigsby, Brian Noyes (and the list goes on and on and on…)

Hopefully I’ll persuade my boss so that I can attend the Global MVP Summit in Redmond in the start of March. I believe that would be a really epic experience. I know a couple of other MVPs & RDs that probably will go – Einar Ingebrigtsen of Objectware being one of them (DirectX/XNA MVP) (Thanks man for mentioning my MVP before I got to blog about it myself :-).

As a part of my continuing effort to put more time into community work, I would like to do more with this blog site, so I’ve decided to host it somewhere else, since my current host,, is quite limited. As of now, it looks like I’ll put up the site on one of my company’s servers.