Microsoft shuts down MSN Direct service

Way back in 2003, Microsoft first announced the SPOT watch device, a wrist device that linked up to the MSN Direct Service via an FM radio signal. The SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) watches actually went on sale in 2004 via watch makers such as Fossil. The devices allowed users to get news and weather information, along with stock prices and sports scores, via MSN Direct.

Other devices, such as coffee makers, were developed that also accessed the MSN Direct service. The price at the time to access the service was $9.99 a month or $59 for a year.

The SPOT watch didn't exactly become a huge hit with the general public and in 2008 production of the watches was discontinued. If you still are an owner of a SPOT Watch, the device still worked to give you those snippets of news and other information. Now even that capability has now shut down. The MSN Direct web site has now announced that the service was shut down as of Sunday, January 1. Microsoft had previously announced the shut down in October 2009.

If you still have a subscription to MSN Direct and want to get a refund for the remainder of your time, you had better hustle. Microsoft said its customer service will only respond to such inquires about MSN Direct until January 31.

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Everything a phone can do now lol. I guess its cool that it does it VIA radio waves though. Seems like even that kind of technology still has some uses.

xbamaris said,
Everything a phone can do now lol. I guess its cool that it does it VIA radio waves though. Seems like even that kind of technology still has some uses.

yeah, its a good thing cell phones don't use radio waves....

Been dreading this day, my Pionner navigation head unit is now crippled in my car. Almost all the good features used MSN Direct. I'll miss my weather radar. Oh well, Pioneer and MSN gave me advance notice years ago. Time for a new head unit anyways.

shockz said,
Been dreading this day, my Pionner navigation head unit is now crippled in my car. Almost all the good features used MSN Direct. I'll miss my weather radar. Oh well, Pioneer and MSN gave me advance notice years ago. Time for a new head unit anyways.

Just get one with GSM/WCDMA support. Get all that info + more via the internet.