Microsoft smartwatch may launch within weeks
A new report suggests that Microsoft is gearing up to launch a smartwatch or fitness-oriented wearable device in the coming weeks. The wearable will come with a heart rate sensor and is described to work across multiple platforms, meaning that it won't be tied to Windows or Windows Phone if true. The good news is that unlike other smartwatches today, the Microsoft-made smartwatch is described to get two days of battery life.
The latest news of a Microsoft wearable comes by way of Forbes, which is citing "sources close to the project." At this point, Microsoft has not announced nor commented on rumors, and the Forbes report is in alignment with earlier rumors we've heard, suggesting an October arrival date.
If Microsoft is able to launch its wearable and deliver it by the holiday season, it would beat Apple's Apple Watch, which won't arrive on consumers' wrists until early 2015.
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They should stick to what they do best and leave watches to Rolex.
That waisted time could be used to update Windows Media Center.
BTW, it's "wasted".
All be TVs, amps and bd players have USB ports but they all have limitations.
Some have directory structure limits and some can't read NTFS partitions.
Then the sound is uncontrolled and all over the place.
Who wears a watch anyways, unless as a jewelry item.
Marketing, and high end devices are what's lacking.
Or maybe Microsoft should personally email their strategy beforehand.
................. Marketing Microsoft❗
When these concept images leaked the first time, it was suggested that the actual watch part is just a square that can be pulled out of a slot in the wristband.
No idea how to pull a design feat under this circumstances.
The only thing promising about the watch was the rumour it could measure the blood glucose level of the wearer.
This could potentially be desirable for quite many people.
Check Tasker app for example.
And, I always have to tell you guys, who haven't learned to have faith in MS's engineering, that THIS IS WP❗ I could care less about how features, and hardware, perform on Android. That's stupid, and as we've, well some of us, have learned that MS knows how to implement things the right way, with taste, ease of use, and usually with great performance... It's like I'm talking to an closed minded Android fan here... I mean after all these years I shouldn't be still having WP7.5 conversations about the OS getting bloated. Pathetic.. Was that you back then?
And, what infinite amount of control's? Does PC even have controls? Sure it being a smartphone I think it should have some options on how it behaves, but that would only need a few toggles to choose from... MS could even leave it up to developers to implement it in apps giving us options in app settings.. But, where there's a will there's a way, and this isn't rocket science, and doesn't need to be made as complicated as you're suggesting... Open your mind and quit being so can't do, and be more can do...
Great job ignoring..... SMDHID.
......... What kind of idiot❓
The watch might work with Windows Phone, but it will be incredibly buggy and only bring half the features it offers for iOS or Android users...
Hit me if I'm wrong, though.
Anyways, I'm not being critical of what quality product it will be, I'm critical about MS's marketing skills... Two different things, and it doesn't matter how good it is if it has no support, and marketing is horrific as usual.....
But, are you suggesting that this product might be a turnaround for MS as far as they way they handle things? I can't argue with that because my guess is as good as yours... But, look at WP in four years.. 5% market share STRICTLY BECAUSE OF TERRIBLE MARKETING!.... Now, we want to tell MS what we think is wrong, and you want us to keep quiet?????? Don't give feedback? Don't criticize? Don't use USERVOICE?... Sorry dude, NO! Can't help you.. So, you can FP, but FP to yourself because we aren't trying to hear soft, naive, sheepish BS.... END OF STORY!
Alright, stop smokin... It clearly makes you paranoid...
And I thought I was delusional about Microsoft.
I want to support Microsoft, but they keep disappointing their users time and time again.
Always the same excuse: "Windows Phone just can't do [enter random feature] right now."
Problem is: there is simply no excuse left for Windows Phone's inabilities...
To be really clear here: I have been disappointed so often, that I think I keep carrying on (because I don't expect much anymore).
My concern is that Microsoft looses it's patience with Windows Phone before I do.
For example Nadella basically said a few weeks ago that Windows Phone doesn't matter anymore.
That patent illustration clearly shows a screen on the outside. And a screen big enough to display more than just a heartbeat.
Assuming this is correct, having it seamlessly sync with current devices (8.0/8.1) will probably be sketchy at best. So either the w10 kernel is basically complete and it is backwards compatible enough with older devices so as not to make the experience a complete trainwreck or we're gonna see a horrible 920 fiasco all over again and they're announcing it now and making it available "sometime after Windows 10 ships".
Kinda wished that it'll be circular, like ordinary watches.