Microsoft Launches MSN Direct Services for Wristwatches


Microsoft has revealed details of its wireless service for personal devices, called MSN Direct, as it tests the network prior to the availability of products due in the fall.

MSFT’s Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) initiative are products that are household and personal items–such as refrigerators or portable stereos–and can receive and display information from the Internet beamed over a nationwide FM radio network.

The MSN Direct service will cost $9.95 per month with the first month free as part of an introductory offer, or $59 for the entire year. The service will allow consumers to stay informed about news, weather, sports scores, stock quotes, movies listing and local dining spots. Consumers will also be able to receive messages via MSN Messenger and calendar reminders from Microsoft Outlook.

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