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Microsoft reported to be working on its own smartwatch

Microsoft reported to be working on its own smartwatch
Microsoft reported to be working on its own smartwatch
The Surface smartwatch will run Windows 8

Love them or hate them, smartwatches look to be here to stay. With the undeniable success of the Pebble and a drove of other Kickstarter smartwatch projects, not to mention Sony's recently launched SmartWatch 2, and the often talked about iWatch, it's little surprise that Microsoft is developing its own version.

The Surface smartwatch is rumored be available in a variety of colors including blue, red, yellow, black, white, and grey. The bands are also supposed to be removable though we don't know if it will be compatible with standard watch bands.

It also looks like the device in its current form has a 1.5-inch display that Microsoft is protecting with Oxynitride Aluminum, a “translucent aluminum” that is apparently three times harder than glass. Other reported features include 6 GB of internal storage and built in LTE support.

On the software side, Microsoft are aiming for integration with their other products and are allegedly working on a variant of Windows 8 that will run on the tiny device.

If the rumors are true, this would make the Surface a 'true' smartwatch and not a subsidiary device that needs to be paired with a smartphone. Unfortunately it would  also likely mean poor battery life given the space constraints of a watch.

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Author: Craig Munro, 2013-07-15 (Update: 2013-07-15)