Jamaica unveils Windows app

Last week Microsoft Jamaica unveiled Grik.ly, one of the first Windows Phone apps developed in Jamaica and available in the Microsoft Windows Phone Store.

Xormis, the Grik.ly development team, originally assembled as students at Northern Caribbean University, has a long relationship with Microsoft as international and regional winners of the global Imagine Cup contest and recipients of a Microsoft BizSpark software grant.

The Grik.ly developers at Xormis include Shawn McLean, Joel Dean, Derron Brown, and Dwayne Samuels.

Grik.ly is a dynamic business networking application that allows users to easily share contact details. The Grik.ly Windows Phone app goes beyond standard online address books by integrating location and or event details of the contact meeting, with seamless updates of the contact’s Grik.ly data such as job titles, numbers, email addresses as they change over time.

Through the app, Grik.ly confers the ability to understand a business prospect, their behaviour and overall graphically showcase the users’ current levels of connectedness.

Dwayne Samuels, Xormis co-founder and Grik.ly developer shared why they chose to use Windows Phone as the starting point for their app,

“We are .NET developers and so building Grik.ly on the Windows platform was much quicker. It made the process easier all round — easy to get to market, easy to test and also the technology is much more scalable because of Azure (Microsoft’s cloud technology). In fact, when it comes to building out Grik.ly on to other mobile platforms we still use the Microsoft Cloud as the foundation.” (Gleaner)

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