Microsoft Readies More SPOT Watch Services

By Craig Newell  |  Posted 2004-08-31 Print this article Print

Microsoft beefs up its MSN Direct feeds with more sports choices. Next up? A movie channel, according to sources.

Microsoft is continuing to flesh out the services it is offering via its SPOT (Smart Personal Object Technology) "smart" watches. On Monday, Microsoft released a minor update to its MSN Direct service that delivers personalized content to watches over FM-radio frequencies. The new services add NFL and college football to the list of sports users can track in the sports channel. At the same time, Microsoft added a service allowing users to select up to two watch faces from a regularly changing library. The Monday update also added Google to the list of stocks that can be tracked via the MSN Direct stock channel.
Next on the docket for MSN Direct and SPOT will be a movie channel designed to display movie times for theatres selected by the user, according to sources.
And after unveiling movies, Microsoft is planning to add traffic-monitoring and dining information channels some time within the next few months, sources added. In May, Microsoft introduced several new MSN Direct services, including daily diversions, lottery, and horoscopes. Microsoft began offering sports information via MSN Direct in March. A Microsoft spokeswoman last week denied that Microsofts next planned channel would be movies. On Tuesday, a SPOT spokesman declined to comment on the timetable or content for the next MSN Direct services. To read the full article, go to Microsoft Watch.

Craig Newell joined Ziff Davis Internet as Associate Editor in June 2003.

Prior to that, he served as a freelance editor for Ziff Davis.

Newell began his reporting at BetaNews, a site dedicated to news surrounding pre-release software.

In 2001, he joined Ziff Davis' eWEEK as a freelance reporter covering America Online Inc. where he broke several important stories including unreleased details on America Online's software client. He has also served as an online community producer for and worked on MSNBC's daytime news programming.


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