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April 25, 2008

Wave goodbye to SPOT watches

Posted by David Hunter at 10:25 AM ET.

As recently as 2 years ago Microsoft was still persuading partners to ship SPOT watches using their MSN Direct specialized FM radio broadcast service, but that has all come to an end:

As of recently, the Smart Watches with MSN Direct have sold out and are no longer for sale. While we continue to move forward with MSN Direct and seeking out new opportunities for devices that would benefit from the MSN Direct service, we, along with our watch partners, do not have immediate plans to create a new version of the Smart Watch, as we are focused on other areas of our business. We will maintain support of our watch customers and continue to deliver information to the watches, but we do not plan to increase our investment in the watch business going forward.

Those other areas are MSN Direct for GPS navigation devices and MSN Direct for Windows Mobile where the form factor is more amenable (the watches had to be recharged every few days) and in fact, the Windows Mobile variant doesn’t even use the FM broadcasts. However, if you are still pining for dubious geek chic, there’s still a Melitta coffee pot.

Filed under MSN, MSN Direct, Microsoft, SPOT, Technologies

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