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Dwayne Samuels (left) and Shawn McLean, of Xormis, speak at the MicroSoft Jamaica launch of Grik.ly Windows phone 8 app at MicroSoft.
Dwayne Samuels (second left) and Shawn McLean (left), of Xormis, show Minister of State Julian Robinson and Marcelle Smart, Microsoft Jamaica country manager, how the app works on the phone at the MicroSoft Jamaica launch of Grik.ly Windows phone 8 app at MicroSoft on Knutsford Court Boulevard in New Kingston last Wednesday. - Photos by Rudolph Brown/ Photographer
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Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter

Grik.ly, a new Windows application, promises to change your static, overcrowded collection of business cards into a useful database of information, accessible on your phone.

Created by Xormis, a set of Jamaican developers, the new application is Jamaica's first official application approved for the Microsoft Windows 8 App store.

"We're here to replace your business card," said Dwayne Samuels, one of the developers at Xormis. The basic concept is the application allows a user to share an electronic business card with contacts and vice versa by scanning a Quick Response code. Dynamic features include its ability to showcase where you met the contact.

"For the first six months it's free," said Samuels of the application which was available for Windows phones as of Wednesday. After the six-month period, it will cost US$1.99 to send an unlimited number of your own cards and save 20 cards.

"In three words: business, network, better - that's Grik.ly," said Samuels of the app named for a town in Malaysia called Grik, where a lot of networking takes place.

Samuels and his counterpart Shawn McLean are former Northern Caribbean University (NCU) students who entered the Imagine Cup Software Design Competition in 2009 and 2010. They placed first in Latin America and represented the region in 2009. In 2010, they placed first for interoperability. Through this experience, the team thought of creating a business card application to store the numerous contacts they acquired throughout the period.

They founded their company last year and started work on the application. In the future, they hope to introduce Grik.ly Events, which will allow an individual to send their business card to a number of persons at an event, among others.

Marcelle Smart, Microsoft Jamaica country manager, indicated that once persons start using the application, they can determine through usage, the issues and pluses. So she encourages Jamaicans to use the application to allow for improvement.

sacha.walters@gleanerjm.com