Some other Microsoft announcements:
At the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft Corp. showcased several new products built on Windows® Automotive technologies delivering advanced in-vehicle communication, navigation and digital entertainment experiences for consumers. Alpine Electronics of America Inc., consistently ranked No. 1 by J.D. Power and Associates in customer satisfaction, unveiled a new portable navigation device called Blackbird and a new aftermarket in-vehicle navigation system, the NVE-N872A. In addition, Microsoft showcased the Windows Automotive-powered navigation system in the new Honda Odyssey minivan, Honda Ridgeline truck and Motor Trend’s Car of the Year, the 2006 Honda Civic.
These new navigation systems provide satellite-guided turn-by-turn directions and useful features such as voice-guided controls and information on more than 7 million points of interest, including Zagat Survey restaurant guide information, to make getting from place to place easier than ever.
Microsoft Corp. and KVH Industries, Inc., today announced an agreement to bring the MSN® TV service to consumers traveling in cars, trucks, RVs and boats throughout the United States. KVH’s Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV service, a customized version of the MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player, will provide in-motion access to Web browsing, Microsoft® Windows Media® Player, MSN Mail and MSN Messenger, digital photo viewing, MSN Video, and MSN Radio with two-way connections made possible by broadband EVDO cellular services. The result will be the first in-motion product to offer consumers easy-to-use, high-speed Internet access on the television screens already installed in cars and other vehicles today. KVH’s Mobile Internet Receiver with MSN TV service will also include Wi-Fi output to provide Internet connectivity to a wide range of Wi-Fi-enabled products.
And no consumer products show would be complete without the latest in Microsoft SPOT products which now seem to mostly fit under the MSN Direct brand for FM subcarrier broadcasting:
Microsoft SPOT Unveils Next Generation of Smart Watches, Expands Smart Product Suite With Weather Stations. It’s a new ABACUS Smart Watch from Fossil and a weather station from Oregon Scientific that also got its own press release.
Microsoft is discounting its MSN TV 2 set-top box–and adding several new features.
The company announced on Tuesday that it’s offering a $100 rebate that effectively halves the cost of the set-top box, which allows users to send and receive e-mail, browse the Web and access information from a PC located elsewhere in the home. The rebate runs through Jan. 31.
Microsoft debuted the MSN TV 2 box, which is the successor to Web TV, last September.
Now that’s a discount! More on the new features by following the link. More details on the MSN TV2 and its evolving market niche here.
Update (8/25): Today, Microsoft issued a press release on the new features.