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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 atechfan on 7/3/2014 11:17:27 AM , Rating: 4
The fact that Microsoft has to depend so heavily on Google services, not their own, speaks volumes about how viable Windows Phone is. YouTube belongs to Google, you don't have some god-given right to it, Microsoft.

The vast majority of Google's revenues come from advertising viewed on Windows PCs. Who depends on who? Google doesn't want to start a denial of services fight with Microsoft. MS could utterly crush Google by making ad-blocking integrated into Windows and turning it on by default. Of course they wouldn't, as it would also destroy the internet as we know it, killing all websites that offer free, ad-supported content.

Well, they could, I suppose, make Bing ads exempt from the blocking, forcing everyone to switch. But the fines for that could probably keep a few failing EU countries afloat.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/3/2014 11:23:01 AM , Rating: 2
Google doesn't want to start a denial of services fight with Microsoft.

Of course they don't. That's what I'm saying here! Why would Google want to do this? It makes no sense.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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