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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:03 PM   #1
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Microsoft Shifts Smart Watch Prototype Testing to Surface Hardware Team




Following last week's management shuffle at Microsoft, the company's Surface team has taken over testing its prototype smart watch, including variations with the same connector that Microsoft uses on its Surface tablets. According to The Verge, Microsoft's smart watch prototypes were previously tested by the Xbox accessories team.
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The move to the Surface group underlines a recent organizational change at Microsoft that aligns Xbox hardware and Surface hardware into a single division, with former Windows chief Julie Larson-Green now responsible for all of Microsoft's hardware efforts.
Microsoft Smart Watch Concept via Fortune.com
In addition to a potential Surface connector that could allow a smart watch to interface with existing Surface tablets, Microsoft is also said to be testing smart watches that have 1 1.5-inch display, a heart rate monitor, and are running a modified version of Windows 8.

As Microsoft experiments with its smart watch, it appears Apple is in the prototype stages as well. According to a report yesterday, Apple has begun "aggressively" hiring new employees to help with the smart watch, which is now expected to be released in late 2014. Apple's own smart watch is expected to run the full version of iOS and could include a heavy focus on biometrics and health related applications.

Along with Microsoft and Apple, both Google and Samsung are said to be working on smart watches of their own. At this point in time, it seems all companies are in the testing phases with no indication of which smart watch might hit the market first.

Article Link: Microsoft Shifts Smart Watch Prototype Testing to Surface Hardware Team
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:05 PM   #2
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Honestly, if apple announced they were working on a magical iBrick these other companies would start developing one as well.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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'watch this space'

'only time will tell'

any others you can think of?
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:05 PM   #4
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According to Microsoft fans, a Microsoft watch won't be good unless it's a full computer and runs all Windows programs including Office.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:05 PM   #5
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Microsoft about to save the watch game like a memory card.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:06 PM   #6
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Just what I always wanted - Windows 8 on my wrist! NOT!!
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:06 PM   #7
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I hope everyone else releases their smart watches first, so apple can blow them out the water when the time comes
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:07 PM   #8
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The live tiles of windows 8 actually are perfect for a watch. This should be interesting.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:12 PM   #10
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a heart rate monitor
Had to wear one of those for 24 hours recently. So uncomfortable. Hope Apple doesn't go down that route with the iWatch.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:12 PM   #11
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All this focus on damn watches. I couldn't care less about watches. I wish the tech industry would focus on something else.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:13 PM   #12
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Just what Microsoft needs.

Another piece of ****** nobody is going to buy.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:14 PM   #13
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The live tiles of windows 8 actually are perfect for a watch. This should be interesting.
This right here.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:15 PM   #14
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A modified version of windows 8? By the time it's been completely modified to run on your wrist the only thing it will have in common with windows 8 is it's tiles.
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I simply can't imagine myself ever wearing one.
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:15 PM   #16
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After looking at the photograph, it is clear that the  watch will be much better than the Microsoft one.

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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:16 PM   #17
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I think it could be really interesting to see what all these companies are developing. A ton of companies developing smartwatches in parrallel is much better than Apple releasing an iPhone/iPad and then everybody else rushes to copy. There is a lot more potential for innovation in this space
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:16 PM   #18
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Just what Microsoft needs.

Another piece of ****** nobody is going to buy.
Someone will buy it but it's still too soon to say how bad it'll be.
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I hope everyone else releases their smart watches first, so apple can blow them out the water when the time comes
All relative. It's more about seamless integration. And if you're an iOS user - I'm guessing Apple will provide a superior product for iOS users. And conversely - if you're a MS user - then their smartwatch will offer better integration for their ecosystem.

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According to Microsoft fans, a Microsoft watch won't be good unless it's a full computer and runs all Windows programs including Office.
A lot of people want iOS fully on their wrist. No different. Oh - I get it - this was a jab against Microsoft fans?

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Honestly, if apple announced they were working on a magical iBrick these other companies would start developing one as well.

A lot of companies have been working on smart watches - long before Apple "announced" they were working on one.
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So tell me again, how do you do a CTRL-ALT-DEL on one of these?
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:18 PM   #21
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I simply can't imagine myself ever wearing one.
No one really imagined the iPhone and iPad to take off. I think a lot of people will be surprised.
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of course you left out the part about possibly using Oxynitride Aluminum
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[...]1.5-inch display, a heart rate monitor, and are running a modified version of Windows 8.

Don't forget a kickstand, consumers love kickstands.
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'watch this space'

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any others you can think of?
Ballmer was quoted "Time is on our side."
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Old Jul 15, 2013, 01:23 PM   #25
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Sad that so many companies are trying to kill rumored Apple products now.
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