At Mobile World Congress Microsoft has announced the availability of a technology preview for accessing MSN Direct content on Windows Mobile-based devices.

With this technology preview, customers can receive free instant access to information such as weather and stock updates; top news stories; and entertainment, sports and business news.

The information is presented in a "glanceable" format, and is easily accessible directly from the home screen of a device. Content is automatically updated so that customers have immediate access to the content that matters most to them.

After installing the technology preview on the device, customers can select content based on relevancy and preference.

For more in-depth information on the topics a person is exploring, MSN Direct provides links that connect users to the relevant areas of the MSN Mobile portal.

Windows Mobile customers interested in downloading the MSN Direct technology preview can do it via their mobile browser at http://phone.msndirect.com or visit the site via a PC to find out more.