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Microsoft may have a wearable ready for the holidays

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Microsoft may have a wearable ready for the holidays
There have been various rumors for a while about a potential Microsoft or Nokia wearable, but we haven't seen any real evidence of it. As yet, there has been no word of a version of Windows for wearables, but a relatively reliable new rumor is saying that Microsoft will have a wearable ready in time for the holidays anyway.

The word comes from Paul Thurrott, who tends to get good info when it comes to Microsoft. According to Thurrott, Microsoft isn't working on a smartwatch, but does have plans for a fitness band similar to the Samsung Gear Fit. This would mean a focus on fitness, but with more integration with the phone for notifications, media control, and more. So, it could include features that you might expect in a smartwatch, but it is planned to have the form factor of a wristband. 

The interesting part of the rumor is that Microsoft's wearable will not be Windows Phone-only, but will work with Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone. This certainly makes sense, because Microsoft wouldn't want to limit its market, and could use the wearable to draw more people to Windows Phone. Thurrott says the device will be announced and sold in Q4 of 2014. One especially odd part of the rumor is that the price has been compared to the Samsung Gear not the Gear Fit, which would put the price around $299. That seems far too expensive though, so we would take that bit with a grain of salt. 

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posted on 02 Jul 2014, 19:19 1

1. sgodsell (Posts: 4762; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

If Microsoft prices it around $299. They will only sell to a few die hards. Not to mention by that time there will be plenty more smart watches and fitness bands at that time. I just bought the Gear Live, but will also be getting the Moto 360. Since that smart watch just looks like a regular watch.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 20:22

2. KillgoreTroutTime (Posts: 433; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)

If this device is to current smart watches/bands as the Surface Pro 3 is to current laptops/tablets, then I am in...
Could this be the year of awesome Microsoft hardware?

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 22:09

4. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Umm... Surface 3 is much bigger, much pricier and lacking quality tablet apps compared to other tablets, while having smaller screen, worse keyboard and trackpad compared to other laptops. So doesn't translate well to smartwatch/band.

posted on 03 Jul 2014, 23:39

5. milesboy5 (Posts: 179; Member since: 07 Nov 2012)

I am so sick and tired of people bashing on the Surface Pro 3. The price is justified from the quality of the product. It has a high resolution touchscreen at 12.1 inches. Its lighter than my previews chromebook (HP Chromebook 11) while having a better screen, keyboard, and trackpad.

Sure go ahead bash on the windows store, it adds apps daily just like ios and android.

As for translating to smartwatch/band, sure it does its the same freaking hardware team that put out the wonderful Surface to begin with.

posted on 02 Jul 2014, 21:53 3

3. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

This would go well with my Lumia 930.

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