Microsoft reportedly plans to stake its claim in the rapidly-expanding wearables pie - possibly as soon as this summer - with a multi-platform-ready smartwatch.
According to the report, the computing giant has enlisted the Kinect engineering team to spearhead the device that will feature a continuous heart-rate monitor, among other advanced sensors.
Interestingly, the unnamed insiders claim, the watch's display will be placed on the inside of the wrist in order to make it easier for users to keep their notifications to themselves.
The display size, the report asserts, will be the size of "half a stick of gum," while the battery will last for two days.
While it has been whispered Microsoft has been working on a wearable for quite some time, the prospect of a device compatible on all of the major platforms would be big news and would increase the chances of success exponentially.
Office for iPad has already gotten Microsoft off to a more inclusive start under new CEO Satya Nadella, perhaps a cross-platform smartwatch is the next logical step?
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