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Microsoft Tag Barcode Scanner Taken Out of Beta

sampleTag It was almost a year and a half ago that Microsoft released GetTag for BlackBerry. The app essentially let you read 2D barcodes from your BlackBerry camera. Microsoft decided to finally take the beta wrapper off the product and conceded that the basic use of tags will be free of charge. You can simply create tags by going to track your tags and read about how others are using tags.

They plan on releasing some more business focused features in the future that they will probably charge for. They aim is to hit on the publishing, advertising, retail, transit, automotive, and other industries to get adoption for the platform.

These 2D barcodes have come a long way but I am curious how many of you have actually used them. I know I have tested out BlackBerry Messenger QR Codes but nothing beyond that. If you are interested in Microsoft’s tag reader check it out at

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  1. Frustrating how MS always has to try to make their own standards to control everything. the QR/2D codes are already found on many products, which you can easily scan using Scanlife on your BlackBerry. ( I used this just last night in BB&B to scan a vacuum cleaner’s box to get user reviews while shopping. Sprint is also now including Scanlife pre-installed on new BlackBerry’s so I don’t think I want to keep two apps for similar purposed just to help MS. MS claims their Tags are more innovative, but that’s what they always say.

    • I was thinking the same thing. Just as QR codes are starting to gain traction, we are introduced to a different way of skinning the same cat.

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