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Microsoft smartwatch will launch in next few weeks

James Temperton
20 Oct 2014
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Sources claim Microsoft smartwatch is imminent with device compatible with Android, iOS and Windows operating systems

Microsoft will reveal details of its first smartwatch in the next few weeks as the company joins Apple, Motorola, Samsung and others in the increasingly busy wearables market.

The Microsoft smartwatch will track heart rate and work on Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Its battery will also last for more than two days of regular use, sources told Forbes. Smartwatch battery life has proven to be a big issue with devices such as the Moto 360 struggling to last a full day.

Microsoft will launch its smartwatch before Christmas, beating Apple to the market. Apple’s iWatch will launch in early 2015. According to Forbes the Microsoft smartwatch is being worked on by the company’s Kinect division. It isn’t yet known what the device will be called or how much it will cost. It has previously been speculated that Microsoft's first wearable would be a fitness band and not a smartwatch.

A move into wearables would be a big step for Microsoft and new CEO Satya Nadella. The company has recently unveiled its Windows 10 operating system with a pledge to offer software and services across all devices. Windows 10 will be put on a range of devices both big and small but is seems unlikely that the Microsoft smartwatch will rely on the operating system.

With sources saying that the watch will work on Android, iOS and Windows operating systems it is likely that Microsoft will link it to new apps and cloud services. No other details of the Microsoft smartwatch have been leaked but the company is expected to both announce and launch it in the next few weeks.

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