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

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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