If reports on Thursday are to be believed, Microsoft is planning to stake its claim for a share of the rapidly-expanding wearables pie, maybe as soon as this summer, by launching a multi platform-friendly smartwatch.
The reports claim the designing of a wrist-mounted device that’ll be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Moreover, it has reached an advanced stage of development.
Also, the computing giant has enlisted the Kinect engineering team to spearhead the device, according to the report. It will be featuring a continuous heart-rate monitor along with many other advanced sensors.
The anonymous insiders claim a very interesting feature. The watch’s display will be placed on the inside of the wrist which will enable the users to make it it easier for them to keep their notifications to themselves.
The report asserts that the display will be the size of “half a stick of gum,” and the battery will last for two days.
A software has also been developed by the Kinect team which will enable the users to harness the data served up by those health and fitness sensors. This feature seems similar to Samsung’s newly-announced popular, open source Simband platform.
The timescale for release is reportedly unclear but a summer 2014 launch has been claimed as possible which seeks to beat Apple and its rumoured iWatch or iBand to the punch.
Although the rumours about Microsoft working on a wearable have been around for quite some time, the prospect of a device that would be compatible on all of the major platforms seems to be big news.
This will lead to increased chances of success exponentially.
The development seems to be the first indication of new CEO Santar Nadella’s plans for a much more inclusive Microsoft with services that are available on a much wider array of devices