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Microsoft smartwatch rumors resurface, holiday season time frame eyed

The speculation has resurfaced, get it, reSurfaced?

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Taking an entirely different approach to its smartwatch debut than archenemy Apple, Microsoft is believed to have been secretly working on a health-centric wearable for more than a year, with the end result ready for a coming out party in the following weeks and commercial bow in time for the holidays.

Granted, “secret” is a bit of a stretch, as whispers of a Redmond-conceived intelligent wristwatch date all the way back to early 2013. The gossip didn’t seem to lead to anything though, and vague, specific-poor reports emerged every few months since then, disappearing into thin air soon after.

And now, all of a sudden, a highly credible source tells us to save some cash for a potentially disruptive… Surface Watch? SWatch? The mere fact those are our best guesses vis-à-vis the gizmo’s name so close to its alleged rollout prove how shrewd Microsoft can be.

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Well played, MS, and we’re also ecstatic to hear your rookie wearable piece will last “more than two days” on a single charge. And go cross platform, synching to Windows Phones as well as Androids and iPhones.

Clearly, that one was a tough decision to make for Redmond, but the well-being of the company ultimately prevailed over ego and pride. Of course, MS isn’t going to do itself any favors when tech consumers buy the two-day-enduring gadget for use alongside the iPhone 6 Plus or Galaxy Note 4, but you have to aim high when tackling a new product category. And just catering to Windows Phone fans doesn’t fit the description.

Pricing remains the greatest, most paramount question mark with release timing no longer a puzzle, but odds are Microsoft won’t aim too high. $250 is my own personal guesstimate, given the wearable piece is rumored to perform the basic tasks of a smartwatch, but mostly focus on fitness tracking functions.

Distance walked, ran, various statistics, heart rate monitoring, those kinds of things. Anyone interested? Curious, at least?

Source: Forbes

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