Microsoft's Tick-Tock Crock

The Abacus watch delivers news, weather, and traffic reports, none of them very well. Smart Personal Object Technology's time has yet to come

The year was 2002. The venue was Las Vegas, the site of the second-to-last Comdex trade show ever held. I was in the audience when Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates got the tech world on the edge of its collective seat over something no more complicated than a wristwatch.

With a few exceptions, most of what I can learn from this watch I can get from other sources that are no more or less convenient to use. But many of those alternatives are certainly less costly.

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