MSN Direct

MSN Direct was an FM radio-based digital service which allowed 'SPOT' portable devices to receive information from MSN services.wikipedia
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MSN Direct was an FM radio-based digital service which allowed 'SPOT' portable devices to receive information from MSN services.
Some other services, such as MSN Direct, remained a part of the MSN family without transitioning to Windows Live.

Smart Personal Objects Technology

SPOT
MSN Direct was an FM radio-based digital service which allowed 'SPOT' portable devices to receive information from MSN services.
In June 2003, Microsoft unveiled its MSN Direct wireless service developed specifically for SPOT, which would be made available across North America.

DirectBand

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MSN Direct is the consumer brand that Microsoft uses for devices that receive content from the DirectBand network.

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MSN Direct was an FM radio-based digital service which allowed 'SPOT' portable devices to receive information from MSN services.

Global Positioning System

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Devices that supported MSN Direct included wristwatches, desktop clocks, in-car GPS satellite navigation units, and even small appliances such as coffee makers.

Windows Live Messenger

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The service also allowed users to receive short messages from Windows Live Messenger.

Garmin

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Some Garmin GPS units, such as the nüvi 680, allowed traffic notifications, weather forecasts, movie schedules and local gas prices to be received through MSN Direct.

Oregon Scientific

IDT
The company is known for its WeatherNow award-winning weather station built for home use that uses FM radio signals from MSN Direct to provide 4-days of regional weather information.

List of Garmin products

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The c580, released in February 2007, was offered with MSN direct traffic service.

Microsoft Streets & Trips

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Version 2011 is mainly a database update adding 88,000 miles of new mapping to the program and the removal of support for the ending MSN Direct service and coupon data, while allowing direct map correction feedback to maps provider Navteq and the addition of cardinal direction guidance and alternate road names to direction data.

List of services by MSN

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MSN Direct, a radio service for electronic devices

.NET Micro Framework

The Micro Framework has its roots in Microsoft's Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) initiative and was used in MSN Direct products such as smart watches before being made available to third-party developers early in 2007.

Subcarrier

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Until 2012, MSN Direct used subcarriers to transmit traffic, gas prices, movie times, weather and other information to GPS navigation devices, wristwatches, and other devices.

Weather radio

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Microsoft's MSN Direct was a popular data service that included weather forecasting sent over US FM radio signals from 2004 to 2012.

G-Book

CarWings

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MSN Direct