Microsoft Reportedly Working on a Cross-Platform Smartwatch

We’ve previously heard of Microsoft’s plans to build a smartwatch almost a year ago when we received reports that the Redmond company has been in talks with suppliers for components of a wearable. This week a report from Forbes suggests that the Microsoft smartwatch may soon emerge from its hiding place for the entire world to see. What’s most interesting about Forbes’ report is that the watch…



We’ve previously heard of Microsoft’s plans to build a smartwatch almost a year ago when we received reports that the Redmond company has been in talks with suppliers for components of a wearable. This week a report from Forbes suggests that the Microsoft smartwatch may soon emerge from its hiding place for the entire world to see.

What’s most interesting about Forbes’ report is that the watch will supposedly have the capability to work with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The watch has allegedly been in development for quite some time now and is being handled by Microsoft’s Kinect team.

The device is said to feature a heart rate monitor alongside other sensors to be able to collect information about the user – specifically those involving health stats. The Kinect team might also have the same strategy as Samsung’s recently announced SIMBAND platform in collecting user data and making it accessible on different devices and services.

The watch’s display will be placed facing the wearer’s wrist much like Razer’s Nabu in order to keep their notifications private. Lastly, the smartwatch will reportedly have a two-day battery life and is expected to launch in a few months.

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