Microsoft Corp. was clearly late to market with its Windows Phone and Windows RT platforms mainly due to inefficient transition strategy from Windows Mobile operating system. As the company is trying to grow its presence on smartphones and tablets, it is watching carefully on what promises to be the next big thing: wearable computing devices. Apparently, the company is even thinking about Windows for ultra-small devices.
“A high priority of our Windows development effort is to make sure that Windows is, let me just describe it as right-sized for those devices,” said Tami Reller, executive vice president of marketing at Goldman Sachs Technology & Internet Conference, when asked about Windows for shrinking form-factors.
A little less than a year ago a rumour transpired that Microsoft had initiated work on its own smartwatch device. It was reported that Microsoft's research and development team ordered several suppliers select components for a potential watch-style smart device. It was unclear what exactly the software giant ordered. R&D efforts may or may not result into actual products.
Nonetheless, it looks like the company is also working on software for ultra-small gadgets. Although hypothetically it should be possible to tailor Metro interface for a small displays, all versions Windows (8.1, RT and Phone) available nowadays are too big for such small devices, which may result into numerous inefficiencies.
“We have now got more things coming just around the corner, and so you will see us do that. We will make a material movement forward on just the footprint of the OS and what that can mean for how we run on smaller devices,” said Ms. Reller.
Interactive wrist-watches are supposed to be companions for smartphones and media tablets. It is logical to expect smart watch to feature media player controls, information updates, calendar, compass, reminders, NFC payment system, health and activity monitoring as well as other functions that do not require a lot of screen real-estate. A lot of users will also appreciate custom apps for such devices.