Microsoft is silently, but steadily increasing its presence in the hardware market. Recently, CEO Nadella has confirmed that they don’t plan quit on the Surface tablets. And now it seems that the company is interested in the growing wearable market, as well.
According to a recent report from Forbes, Microsoft is getting ready to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks. Microsoft’s smartwatch is said to come with functions that are already basic in other device, such as the ability to track the heart rate.
The device is said to work across different mobile platforms, which is something that you don’t really see coming from Microsoft. It will probably be running a modified version of Windows 8, but we wonder how will this work with iPhones or Android smartphones and others devices.
It’s said to feature a battery life of more than two days of regular use, which, at the moment, is better than what other smartwatches are offering. Apple is said to reveal their own Apple Watch in early 2015, so probably Microsoft wants to make sure that it has its product ready by then. It will also be competing with the growing number of Android Wear-based devices, as well.
Microsoft’s smartwatch is said to hit stores before the holiday season, which means it could be hear either in November or in early December. Previously, it was believed that the upcoming smartwatch will make use of the optical engineering expertise from Microsoft’s Kinect division and would sync with cross-platform mobile devices.
If this rumor on Microsoft’s smartwatch is somewhat closer to reality, then Microsoft bets on two big features – better battery life and cross-platform support, unlike Apple’s Watch which will work only with iPhones and Android Wear devices that will work only with Android smartphones.