The 35+ person multi-disciplinary Advanced Development team develops software & hardware technologies and components based on Microsoft Research innovations, from technical transfer to the main Microsoft product groups, large scale prototyping and deployment, to internal lab engineering needs. Since the team was created over 250 engineering projects have been fulfilled.
Recently he managed and led the engineering effort for the Kinect for Windows SDK Beta which was honored as one of the “10 Most Innovative Tech Products of 2011” at the 2011 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards.In his spare time he still engineers code and of late developed a new color barcode format that has a high density storage capability. This evolved into a new Microsoft product & business called Microsoft Tag which Jancke envisioned with a marketeer from the Consumer Marketing Group, secured VP funding, architected, led & managed the development and rollout of the product which launched at the Consumer Electronic Show 2009. Since the launch Microsoft Tag is rapidly gaining traction being used by major corporations & media companies and has surpassed 2 billion impressions. Over 20m Tags could be found in May 2010 issues of various major magazine publications, several Tags appear daily in every print issue of the USA Today national newspaper. The barcode format was exhibited in the New York Museum Of Modern Art Design and Elastic Mind exhibition in 2008 – see Microsoft Researchers at Intersection of Science and Art.