SOFTWARE BEHEMOTH Microsoft has decided that it will have a foot in two camps in the mobile market.
On one hamd it is developing its Windows 7 Phone OS for mobiles which is, according to all who have seen it, nice enough.
On the other hand it has started churning out apps for the products of its sworn mobile phones enemy, Google's Android OS.
Tag was developed specially for Android, and it is the first time that the company has designed an app for the Google mobile platform. Apart from Android and the Iphone, Tag also currently works on Windows Mobile, J2ME, Blackberry and Symbian S60 phones.
It is nothing particularly special. Just a mobile barcode reader. A user just points their phone's camera at a tag, snaps a picture, and the Tag program will interpret it.
However it does indicate that the Vole believes that its competitors are going to still be around after Windows 7 Phone mobile gear hits the shops.
We have seen this before. In 2008, Vole launched an Iphone app, Seadragon Mobile into Apple's App Store.
This Microsoft application is now available in the Android Market for free. µ