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Issue #2003 - 19 (June 2003)
(Updated June 19, 2003)


Microsoft Launches Wireless Wristwatch Service

Microsoft is launching a wireless subscription service that allows users to receive stock quotes, news, sports scores and more on wristwatches. The new service, called MSN Direct, will run on watches using the Microsoft Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) on a FM radio-based network. Users will be able to instant message, access data on personal computers and Outlook information. The MSN Direct service will cost $9.95 per month or $59 per year. Fossil Inc. and Suunto will ship compatible watches in the Fall. Service will be available in 100 major metro areas in North America. (Source: Wall Street Journal, PC Pro, PR Newswire) - more info 

As part of its SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) initiative, Microsoft unveiled MSN Direct, a new wireless service that delivers data services to special wristwatches. Customers will be able to choose from two pricing options: a monthly subscription rate of $9.95 per month with the first month free, or $59 for a full year of service. The watches will cost between $100 and $300 each with models from Fossil and Suunto. The watches and service will be available starting this fall (no specific launch date has been announced). Microsoft debuted its SPOT service and watches at CES in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Source: CTIA

For more information: http://www.microsoft.com

MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: There is no doubt that watch is, by far, the most pervasive device.  More people wear watches than cellular phones. Therefore, if Microsoft succeeds with SPOT and does this at an affordable price, then we think there is a role for Smart Watch in pervasive computing. Unfortunately, we may not be able to attach a mouse or a Qwerty keyboard to the watch.  That might be a blessing if we keep the functionality limited and interface simple.

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