Microsoft Release Tag Reader for Android – Nice But Would Prefer to See PGR Ported!

You have to give Microsoft credit for having teams to develop apps for other mobile platforms. Bing (the search engine), Seadragon Mobile (photo utility) and Tag Reader (reads Microsoft’s unique Tag barcode-type labels) are all available for the iPhone. Microsoft Press, in partnership with O’Reilly Media, has what looks like at least two dozen ebook-in-an-app iPhone apps. So, I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised to learn that…

TechCrunch: Microsoft Launches Its First Android App. Yes, Google’s Platform

The app TechCrunch is talking about is Microsoft Tag for Android. The Tag reader reads a specially prepared shape and color coded imprint similar to the way barcodes work. One big difference and advantage is that the design of these prints let them be read and interpreted even with the image is severely degraded (very blurry).

It is good to see Microsoft reaching out to Android users. But, personally, I’d prefer to see a port of PGR (Project Gotham Racing) for the Android or iPhone. I tried PGR on a friend’s Zune HD last month and was very impressed as an old-time Project Gotham Racing fan on the Xbox.