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Microsoft reportedly set to launch long-rumored wearable device in 'next few weeks'

Microsoft reportedly set to launch long-rumored wearable device in 'next few weeks'

October 20, 2014

Microsoft is expected to unveil its long-rumored wearable device in the coming weeks.

According to Forbes, the tech giant is set to introduce its very own and very first entry into the smart watch space, with a device that features heart rate tracking, cross-platfrom support, and at least two-day battery life:

Microsoft is gearing up to launch a wearable device within the next few weeks, Forbes has learned. The gadget is a smart watch that will passively track a wearer’s heart rate and work across different mobile platforms. It will also boast a battery life of more than two days of regular use, sources close to the project say.

Earlier today, Fitbit was reported to be preparing to launch a new “fitness superwatch” called the Surge and said to come with a built-in heart rate monitoring system, as with Microsoft’s wearable product.

But perhaps a more significant selling point of Microsoft’s upcoming smart watch is its battery, a single charge of which is said to last more than two days of normal use. This puts it at an advantage over the Samsung Galaxy Gear, the Moto 360, and the yet to be released Apple Watch, each of whose fully charged batteries can last for just about a day.

Rumored for well over a year ago, Microsoft’s smart watch was previously reported by Forbes in May to be similar to Samsung’s Gear Fit fitness wristband (pictured above) and to be platform-agnostic, able to sync sith Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android and Microsoft’s own mobile operating systems. These claims were corroborated in July by the Supersite for Windows blog.

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