MSN Direct Watch

About a month ago I ordered MSN Direct watch, and I finally got it today. I have not had a chance to play around with it too much yet, but I need to say it is quite cool. It gives you the weather, news highlights, stock quotes, meeting notifications and people can use MSN instant messenger to contact you. The web site for the watch says that sports scores will soon be available. I wish there was a way for you to pump custom data down to your self. I know MSN messenger has an SDK, I will need to look into if I could send messages to myself.


The only problem I have found so far is that the wrist band is a little uncomfortable. I have never worn a watch before, and suddenly having something strapped to my wrist does not feel right. The band is a little tight, but I don’t have needle-nose pliers here at work to adjust it. Once I fix that I think it will work out fine.


I will post here later with any good / bad experiences I have with it.

Comments (10)

  1. Roy says:

    I’ve been thinking of getting one myself. Which one did you get?

  2. Craig says:

    I got the Fossil Sport. There were a couple others that I could have selected, but the Sport seemed to be the best sized.

  3. Andy says:

    You should check out

    Lists a bunch of projects that purport programmatic access to MSN (ie. write your own client or ‘pump your own data).

  4. on MSN messenger (direct watch) is on actions,tools, phone, in the options i need the meaning. thank you.

  5. on MSN messenger (direct watch) is on actions,tools, phone, in the options i need the meaning. thank you.

  6. krism says:

    Could you keep me posted on your efforts on interfacing? [Er, i mean.. I’ll keep reading your blog..]

    If my offices HTTP proxy allowed me to connect to MSN messenger, I’d be halfways tempted to hijack the messenger app itself to send messages to the watch (e.g. via SendMessage() to open a new window and send the message)..

    That’s a very hackish and prone to breakage solution, though.

    My desire for it is to say, watch my email (exchange) and send a message (thus paging..) me when the message meets certain critera (e.g. is from testers and/or has "BUG" in the subject.) That kind of thing.

    Getting out of the http proxy shouldn’t be too much of an issue, though, and is a side interest – a product "http tunnel" (forget the url, google for it) does that nicely, as does an ssh tunnel over 443 (ssl port).