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Microsoft's wearable device is said to be priced around $200

Well-connected Microsoft reporter Paul Thurrott has some information on the Redmond, Washington-based company's rumored entry into the burgeoning market of wearable devices. Google has its Android Wear platform, Samsung has smartwatches based on Tizen and Apple is reportedly preparing its own “iWatch,” which will reportedly be revealed this fall.
Microsoft’s entry into the wearables market is said to provide “smartphone-based notifications” and will work with any major smartphone platform (Window Phone, Android, iOS, etc.) without any restrictions. In addition, Thurrott says that Microsoft’s device will be more of a wristband than an actual smartwatch, although it will provide a display that shows the current time.

The wearable device is also said to include a plethora of sensors to measure your heart rate, calories burned, and steps taken. The information gleaned from the wearable device would also interface with such Microsoft apps/services as Bing Health and Healthvault.
According to Thurrott, Microsoft’s latest hardware offering will be priced around $200 and will be available in Q4.

Sources: Paul Thurrott's Supersite for Windows, U.S. Patent Office

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By themaster08 on 7/3/2014 11:13:28 AM , Rating: 2
And while they have recently made Windows Phone "free" in certain situations, there's still a TON of strings attached.
Wrong. Windows Phone is free to license. That's it. Regardless of OEM, cost of device, or specs.

You're confusing it with Windows 8.1 with Bing. Besides, there aren't a TON of strings attached to that either. It's actually very simple:

The device needs to have a screen under 9 inches.

It needs to have Bing set as the default search engine.

The device has to be less than $250.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:16:47 AM , Rating: 2
And in your mind, that's exerting LESS control than over lets say, Android?

Well thanks for helping me prove that Microsoft isn't nearly as "open".

And you know what, I don't even have a problem with any of this. Microsoft spent money developing that software, and have a right to make a profit and exert whatever controls they see fit.

But don't sit here and tell us that's being more "open" than Google. That's preposterous!

By themaster08 on 7/3/2014 11:23:26 AM , Rating: 2
But don't sit here and tell us that's being more "open" than Google. That's preposterous!
I've not disputed that Microsoft are more open than Google. Calm yourself down and stop being so angry.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:28:41 AM , Rating: 2
But that's the entire point of this discussion...

Okay well then I apologize. And I'm very calm and not angry. Why do people always say that?

By inighthawki on 7/3/2014 11:41:26 AM , Rating: 3
There's just something about the way you write replies where you just always seem to sound like you're mad. Maybe the use of small insults combined with exclamation points, neither of which really help make a person sound collected, especially during an argument/debate.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/14, Rating: 0
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