Microsoft Corp. has just introduced a technology preview for accessing MSN Direct content on many Windows Mobile-based devices.
This allows users to download and view information such as weather and stock updates; top news stories; and entertainment, sports and business news.
"This is the first time MSN Direct content has been made available to mobile phones, and it is a strong next step for the delivery of MSN Direct content where customers have said they need it the most," said Eric Lang, general manager of the MSN Direct initiative at Microsoft.
Previously, MSN Direct has been available on a variety of devices, such as watches and other consumer electronic devices. These used FM radio signals to receive the data, while smartphones using this service will need a wireless Internet connection.
Windows Mobile customers interested in downloading the MSN Direct technology preview should visit http://phone.msndirect.com. The application is free to download, but requires data connectivity from a wireless carrier.
Currently, it is only for Windows Mobile Standard devices, and therefore won’t run on models with a touchscreen.
After installing the technology preview on the device, customers can select content based on relevancy and preference. For more in-depth information on topics, MSN Direct provides links that connect users to the relevant areas of the MSN Mobile portal.
The content is supplied by a number of leading partners, including Foreca Ltd. for current weather information, Comstock Resources Inc. for stock prices, and MSNBC for a wide variety of news offerings.