Microsoft Finally Kills Off Datacasting SPOT Watches

from the about-time dept

Back in 2003, we were pretty hard on Microsoft for its datacasting SPOT watches. There were so many reasons for such a thing to fail. Just as mobile phones with data access were becoming fancier, more affordable and more ubiquitous, Microsoft was trying to convince people to buy expensive, bulky watches that required you to pay money to access tiny bits of data that you could easily get for free elsewhere. To be honest, after the watches launched to a ton of hype, they disappeared so quickly from the scene that I had thought they were already dead. But Engadget now confirms that Microsoft has finally killed off those SPOT watches. Other than these announcements, somehow I get the feeling not too many people will notice.


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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 5:57pm

    R I P

    That is, Rest In Pieces... :)

     

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    M4dNe55, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 6:38pm

    R.I.Pieces

    Well, they're still worth something on eBay... meh.

    Too bad M$ can't shelve their O/S!!

    Long live open-source and Linus Torvalds!!

     

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    Jazz (profile), Apr 24th, 2008 @ 7:04pm

    huh?

    What's a SPOT watch???

     

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    Hellsvilla, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 7:26pm

    Re: huh?

    something are are better off having never heard of.

     

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    Mark Tomlinson, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 8:47pm

    You're Confused

    You've mixed up SPOT watches with Mickey Rooney, 'cause I'm pretty sure they died years ago.

     

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    Dirk Belligerent, Apr 24th, 2008 @ 9:38pm

    Well, that explains...

    ...why today felt no different from any other day.

     

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    kilroy, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 6:20am

    Re: huh?

    I think that is when you are really wasted & you fall down and cannot get back up or move your head ... whatever you are looking at is called "spot watch" ... unless someone has a patent on that & has called it something else.

     

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    alternatives, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 7:11am

    How's that timex datawatch

    programming by 3rd parties coming along?

    (What's that? Another failed watch idea?)

     

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    Etch, Apr 25th, 2008 @ 11:16am

    Watches? Really?

    Who still wears watches? I haven't worn a watch since I got my first cellphone in 97!!

     

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