Microsoft (MSFT) has built a smartwatch prototype, and plans to release versions featuring...


Microsoft (MSFT) has built a smartwatch prototype, and plans to release versions featuring removable wristbands and a type of aluminum that's 80% transparent, AmongTech reports. The site adds Microsoft's watch will use a custom version of Windows 8, and (thanks to 4G connectivity) won't need to be paired with a smartphone. The Verge, which seems to have a good Redmond source or three (previous), confirms some of the details. The reports come a day after the FT reported Apple is ramping its iWatch hiring, but cautioned the device might not arrive until 2H14. The WSJ reported Microsoft is working on smartwatch designs back in April

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  • Left Banker
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    Smart watches are going to bought as wearable status. Much as I like Microsoft, no one looks to them for panache. Apple should, if it does it right, kick tail in this area.
    15 Jul 2013, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    Too bad codename "Chicago" was already used. (Does anybody really know what time it is?...)
    15 Jul 2013, 04:04 PM Reply Like
  • KIA Investment Research
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    25 Or 6 To 4
    15 Jul 2013, 05:41 PM Reply Like
  • arthas1208
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    Chicago was used for Windows 95.
    16 Jul 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • John Cusack's Pancreas
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    I remember years ago there was a Palm OS watch with a monochrome screen. I think these new techie watches will also be just as forgettable.
    15 Jul 2013, 04:44 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    The site adds Microsoft's watch will use a custom version of Windows 8?

     

    How about a baby version of Windows RT (Windows 8 on ARM)? Why would anyone want to wear their smart phone on their wrist? Anyone remember the IBM and TI electronic watches?
    15 Jul 2013, 04:53 PM Reply Like
  • Left Banker
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    John and techy:

     

    I think you're wrong. I think they will be the next hot item replacing the iPod entirely without cutting into smart phone sales. You and I may think they're dumb, but we're not the target market.

     

    Things not on the Palm version: bluetooth (real, functional bluetooth, with a range of real functional accessories, not a talking ear piece), a contemporary interface (way important, especially for apple where everyone in the market demographic already knows and loves the interface), huge base of apps and app developers, and, most importantly, cool.

     

    Some people wear watches as a tool to tell time. I do, and you probably do as well; we don't care. Many wear them as status items. The cool thing about a watch is that it's on your wrist and always visible (the very essence of a status item). They can be infinitely personalized with apps and bands and whatever to show your coolth. These things are going to sell like mad once they are introduced. Remember those white cord ads? That was the great signifier for a iPod and sold them by the trainloads. These don't need that; they are sitting on your wrist for all to see.

     

    The same demographic that drove iPods, iPhones, iPads is going to be lining up to buy the iWatch. That's why I think the Windows watch is a yawner. No one wants Windows 8 on their wrist; it just isn't, and will never be, cool.

     

    I spend my days among 20somethings. Truth be told, I love 'em. But they are not complex creatures. They're simple herd animals. Few of them even wear watches. A Rolex or the equivalent is just not a status thing for them. But an iWatch? Just wait and see.
    15 Jul 2013, 06:10 PM Reply Like
  • Total Return Investor
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    "I spend my days among 20somethings. Truth be told, I love 'em. But they are not complex creatures. They're simple herd animals. Few of them even wear watches. A Rolex or the equivalent is just not a status thing for them. But an iWatch? Just wait and see."

     

    My 23 year old grandson will be first in line. You've described him to a tee.
    16 Jul 2013, 06:52 AM Reply Like
  • clamosaurus
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    "Excuse me, do you have the time?"
    "Ah, sure. It's .... oh, damn, blue screen of death! Give me 4 minutes while my watch reboots, okay?"
    16 Jul 2013, 06:46 AM Reply Like
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