Posted By Simon Montford on Oct 22, 2014
Microsoft's widely reported smart watch will include a heartbeat sensor and will be compatible with most mobile operating systems, in addition to Windows. It's very likely that the device will sync with MS Office, particularly MS Outlook.
In our opinion it's probably going to be the kind of device that will be functional rather than aesthetically pleasing. The kind of device that is foisted on the wearer either by the IT department or by medical professionals to track their patients' activities, presumably storing the data in Azure.The scenario, therefore, where we will all be wearing multiple wearables that are used for different purposes such as work and recreation, with overlapping functionality, is looking increasingly likely.
Whether the world needs yet another smart watch is highly questionable. Perhaps, by making their own device, Microsoft will encourage other hardware OEMs such as Samsung, LG, HTC etc to make devices that will run or be compatible with MS products such as Office, Azure etc. The MS Smart Watch will apparently be available to purchase within a few weeks. No details yet about price.
For our smart watch recommendations, check out the following smart timepieces.
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