MSN Direct Featured on New Garmin GPS

    January 11, 2008

Garmin announced at CES its new nüvi 780 GPS unit, which will integrate Microsoft’s MSN Direct service.

 MSN Direct, which transmits information over FM airwaves to devices, will allow the GPS to receive live traffic, fuel prices, weather reports, movie listings, local events of interest, news, and stock prices. Also, users will be able to look up destinations at home in Windows Live Local, then click a button to send it directly to their GPS unit. Very nice.

Amazon has the 780 for $900. It has a sunlight-readable 4.3 inch touch screen, weighs six ounces, an anti-theft feature, internal solid state memory (plus an SD card slot) and a headphone jack for use as an MP3 player. MSN Direct is free for the first three months, followed by a yearly $50 charge. You can also pay $130 and never have to pay the subscription fee again.