It looks like another tech giant is jumping into the wearable tech space. Microsoft joins Samsung and Apple as they all push towards wearable tech according to Forbes.
Forbes describes the watch as a “sensor-rich smartwatch that measures heart rate and syncs with iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones.”
Forbes goes on to write about how Microsoft will utilize their expertise from its Xbox Kinect division to measure your heart rate throughout the day. Well, they have to do something with the Kinect technology. With the introduction of a Kinect-less Xbox One bundle next month, Kinect will play a diminished role in the Xbox ecosystem.
This type of tech is more in Kinect’s wheelhouse anyways. Microsoft was never able to crack into hardcore gaming with Kinect, but games and applications such as Dance Central and Xbox Fitness worked great.
One of the more surprising things out of Forbes’ report is that the smartwatch will work on iPhone and Android devices. Looks like Microsoft is aiming for full penetration versus using the smartwatch to push Windows phones more.
With no official announcement yet, a timetable on release isn’t known. Forbes suggests a summer date, though. That’s a pretty quick turnaround, but most things in the tech space are.
Microsoft’s CEO Satya Nadella is making some big, bold moves in his time as head of Microsoft. Creating products that work across rival platforms is a smart decision and gets more eyes on your product. If you remember back in April, Nadella’s first product unveiling was Microsoft Office on Apple’s iPad.
Nadella cemented this shift in comments made at the Code Conference earlier this week. He said Microsoft’s software and services need to be available on “all devices.”
The shift towards additional devices comes as Windows Phone continues to have trouble garnering significant market share. A recent forecast from the IDC says Windows Phone will have just 3.5% market share by the end of the year.
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