Microsoft smartwatch eyeing up iOS, Android and Windows Phone?

Microsoft smartwatch eyeing up iOS, Android and Windows Phone?Incredibly, it’s been more than a year since we first mentioned the words “Microsoft” and “smartwatch” in the same article, and things are seemingly moving along, slowly but surely.

The latest rumour suggests the Microsoft smartwatch will play well not only with Windows Phone, but with Android and iOS too, while it’ll also rock the obligatory fitness stuff.

That’s the story over on Forbes, with credit going to unspecified “sources”, though Microsoft officially has “nothing to share at this stage”.

The sources, however, reckon the Microsoft smartwatch will hook up with Windows Phone, Android and iOS devices, in keeping with CEO Satya Nadella's vision of embracing “all devices”.

One of Nadella’s first moves as Microsoft CEO was rolling out the long-awaited version of Office for iPad, which tellingly arrived before the “Touch-First” version for Microsoft’s own tablet, the Surface.

Of course, no “wearable” tech is complete without some sort of fitness element, and indeed the Microsoft smartwatch will – according to the sources – measure your heart rate “through the day and night”. And hey, you only need to charge it once it every two days. Ahem.

As for a Microsoft smartwatch release date, we could be talking “as soon as this summer”, which means, by Christmas time, almost any big-name manufacturer you care to mention will offer “wearable tech”. Whether or not anyone buys it is another story.

Since we don't have a picture of the Microsoft smartwatch just yet, I'm throwing in a shot of eye-friendly Julie Larson-Green, she being responsible for the look and feel of Microsoft software and services. I'd make a joke about "looking" and "feeling", but this is a family-friendly site.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2014 at 18:07

Lets face it: it won't "play nice" with iOS - at best it'll play nice with a Microsoft made iOS app or apps.
Apple won't open up iOS to please MS, will they?

It won't be any different to smart cameras and their accompanying apps for various OSs - almost all rubbish :p

TJ Skywasher  May. 31, 2014 at 19:47

I was just going to say the same thing, it'll work with iOS and Android through some compatible Microsoft app rather than integrate with the OS. Chances are it won't work 100% and you limit yourself to what features you can offer depending on the watch itself and what each platform will allow your app to do.

JanSt / MOD  May. 31, 2014 at 21:47

gmta . TJ ;)

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