Microsoft's "Tag" QR Code System Going Dark Due To Low Adoption

Years ago, QR Codes were poised to take the world by storm. These fancy little squares could be photographed and scanned by any smartphone, and then it would lead users to websites, deals, or any variety of other pages. But, as it turns out, no one really cared about them. The technology has largely faded into the darkness, so it makes sense to see Microsoft cutting ties with its own alternative. "Tag" was a proprietary alternative to QR Codes, and after August 19, 2015, they'll be no more.

If you're wondering why the company is giving a long two-year notice, it's because such a notice was required in its own Terms of Use. Through August 19, 2015, you will be able to continue to log into your existing Microsoft Tag service account, use existing Microsoft Tag codes, generate new Microsoft Tags, and run reports as usual. Scanbuy plans to support Microsoft Tag Technology on the ScanLife platform beginning no later than September 18th, 2013, and to offer transition and migration services to Microsoft Tag customers who choose to migrate to the ScanLife platform.

Goodnight, sweet Tag. Hopefully you'll enjoy joining the likes of Zune and Kin.
Tags:  Microsoft, NFC, tag, QR Code