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SERVICE: SPOT is coming to Europe
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 03.12.04 - 01:50:41 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 6602x
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On Möbius conference, which is currently hold in Seattle, Microsoft confirmed that the SPOT concept is coming to some countries in Europe as well, at least Microsoft is negotiating the possibilities to launch the service in several countries including Germany :-), Austria and Italy.

If you don't know what SPOT is about, here a brief overview:

Get what you need - when you need it. Just select the information (at MSN) you care about and your watch will do the rest. Let your watch intelligently filter information like sports scores, stock quotes, and weather for timely updates.

Keep accurate local time wherever you are with automatic time zone updates. Time-sensitive data like traffic reports and news are delivered when you need them.

Your watch discreetly delivers instant personal messages. A subtle vibration or quick glance at the screen alerts you to a message received. Downloadable watch faces complement your personal style and mood!

SPOT get the predefined information pushed (like SMS) from a central server. This information will be able to be changed/personalized though a web interface which lets you add topics to be watched on your SPOT smart device.

SPOT is already available in North America where the required FM-Radio signal infrastructure to update your SPOT device is already in place for USA and Canada.

I will follow up later with a brief review of SPOT since I got the chance to play with it more detailed here.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by JaToAc on 03.12.04 - 14:50:04

SPOT is comming to Germany... YESSSSS... the news i was waiting for since it went live in good old USA... time to look which SPOT watch is the right for me and at last a good reason to get a new watch after my loved M&M (now Alfex) Chrono... YESSSSS...

Posted by Alex Januschewsky on 03.12.04 - 17:32:38

Great to hear that! Do you know when the SPOT service launches in Austria or Germany?

Posted by Arne Hess on 03.12.04 - 17:53:50

[2] As I said, MSFT is currently in negotiation with different regulatory authorities including Germany and Austria. However, since they are still in this discussion, they don't have a release date yet.

Posted by sims on 04.12.04 - 14:17:10

any news of spot comming to Spain?

Posted by Arne Hess on 04.12.04 - 16:05:38

[4] All I know about is Germany, Austria and Italy...

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