USA Today Will Use Microsoft Tags in Print Newspaper

Posted by at 3:38 pm on February 10, 2011

USA Today has launched the use of Microsoft Tags in their newspaper. Starting today, USA Today will feature at least one Tag in each print section daily. Readers can scan the Tag with their mobile device for direct access to videos and online content.

“This initiative is part of our goal to bring together our digital and print platforms to provide our readers easier access to special features from the newspaper. We are proud to be one of the first U.S. newspapers to offer these daily to readers as well as to advertisers who can also take advantage of this new feature,” said Dave Hunke, president and publisher of USA Today.

The Tags will provide readers with access to USA Today’s daily photo galleries and the latest financial news and sports scores, as well as other video and digital features.

“We’re excited that USA Today is using Tag to engage with readers in a more interactive way,” said Bill McQuain, director of Tag Product Management at Microsoft Corp. “Microsoft Tag makes the world around you clickable, and now with the scan of Tag, customers will get a richer, more enhanced experience from the pages of the newspaper.”

Microsoft Tag Reader

Microsoft Tag is a mobile 2D barcode that lets you seamlessly connect your offline materials to the digital world. Readers can go to on their mobile devices to download the free Microsoft Tag reader application.  The Microsoft TagReader works on Windows Phone 7, Windows Mobile, iPhone, Android, J2ME, BlackBerry and Symbian S60 with a camera and Internet connection.

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