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Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Touch-Enabled Watch

     
3:48 am on Apr 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424127887324485004578423522275087936-lMyQjAxMTAzMDEwNDExNDQyWj.html [online.wsj.com]
Microsoft Working With Suppliers on Designs for Touch-Enabled Watch Device

Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft's research and development team at the software company's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it's unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said.

Microsoft declined to comment.
11:35 am on Apr 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

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There's been a long standing rumor that Apple would launch an "iWatch", can't help but feel this is a late reaction to that - either real to try to not be left behind once again, of fake to create more marketing buzz or even merely stock market buzz, or it could be just in the imagination of journalists.

Anyway, Microsoft is more than smart enough not to risk announcing anything till Apple goes first.

I've not worn a watch in the last few decades. Let alone a bulky one that includes touch screens etc. My phone gives me the time very well. Also, I'm extremely unlikely to go back to wearing a watch ever again as I simply cannot see what any software on any watch could do better than the same software on my iPhone already can. There are obvious hardware human-computer interfaces that could be built on a watch where a phone could not (think about continuous pulse rate monitoring and even more medical stuff), but I value some privacy, so there is a line to draw to where I let the software crafters come.
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We heard long ago that Google was interested in watch technology [webmasterworld.com], then there were the Apple rumors. Samsung and LG have come out and said they're working on watch projects. Therefore it's not hard to believe that Microsoft would be working on the same...although this report isn't very substantial.