Microsoft unveils wrist watch fit for Dick Tracy. — Taking a cue from Dick Tracy and James Bond, Microsoft Corp. unveiled a radio-linked wrist watch that will receive up-to-the-minute news, weather and sports information and reset itself depending on the time zone its owner is in.
Something old, something new, as the saying goes. Does nobody remember Microsoft and Timex’s ill-fated collaboration on the Timex Datalink from 1993? This clunky monster let you download your Schedule+ (a precursor to Outlook) appointments into the watch, and would remind you during your day of what your next activity was. Trouble was, watches are more than mere data display devices… they’re also fashion statements.