A recent report indicated that Fossil has stopped making watches that use Microsoft’s SPOT technology to display snippets of information they receive wirelessly.
A SpotStop.com article said that Fossil is selling off its last inventory and will put its efforts into other areas.
According to Bill Geiser, who runs Fossil’s Watch Tech Division, there is no truth to this story at all.
“Fossil and Microsoft continue to explore new SPOT-related initiatives, applications, and products,” said Bill Geiser. “I cannot comment on where this collaboration is leading, but I can assure you our relationship is sound.”
Possible Source of the Confusion
It’s true that two SPOT watch models recently released by Fossil were quickly sold off at a heavy discount. This might have caused some people to believe that the company had lost interest in the whole line.
Instead, Geiser says that these two were simply not as popular as previous SPOT watches, so Fossil decided to stop offering them.
More about MSN Direct
Watches with Microsoft’s SPOT technology are able to display headlines, weather reports, and other information. To do this, they don’t need a physical connection to the Internet. Instead, they receive information through FM radio transmissions.
For $39.95 per year, users can get a subscription to MSN Direct and receive news, entertainment content, horoscopes, sports updates, weather forecasts and personalized stock and lottery information, with the ability to personalize content the user wants to receive.
For an additional $20.00 per year, subscribers can also choose to receive calendar appointment reminders via Outlook and personal messaging through MSN Messenger.
Visit the MSN Direct web site for more details.