Microsoft is all set to foray into the wearable technology space as it plans to launch a smartwatch within the next few weeks, Forbes reports. The publication further adds that the wearable device will work across several mobile operating systems including its own Windows Phone, and Android and iOS, and offer health features like heart rate tracker. The smartwatch, the name of which isn t known yet will provide over two days of battery life, a headline feature that sets it ahead of market s current offerings and forthcoming product Apple Watch. Also Read - Microsoft working on improving Windows 11 performance with updates starting next yearAlso Read - Microsoft New Xbox app solves game installation problem
The company has remained tight lipped about its interest in the wearable space. However, over the past few months, several patents and leaks have suggested that it could be working on a smartwatch. According to the latest report, Microsoft will be launching its first wearable this holiday season. Also Read - Microsoft launches Surface Go 3 in India with Windows 11 inbuilt, pre-orders begin today
Microsoft s rival Google has already launched Android Wear, a dedicated operating system for wearable devices, and has several of smartwatches from LG, Motorola, and Samsung running it. Apple has also announced Apple Watch, which will be hitting retailers sometime next year.
Much like Motorola s Moto 360 and the Apple Watch, Microsoft’s smartwatch will support several health-oriented features. It is noteworthy to mention that Windows Phone 8.1 comes with a Health app pre-installed on the device.
The smartwatch will be the first new category of product in the realm of CEO Satya Nadella. Availability across other platforms is one of Nadella s visions for the company. Earlier this year, under his leadership, Microsoft released the Office productivity suite for iPad, and it immediately got an overwhelming response topping download charts.