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Microsoft Corp. has begun working on interactive smart watches device, according to a media report. The touch-enable watches will compete against similar devices from companies like Apple and Samsung and will be among the first truly mass wearable computing devices compatible with Windows eco-system.

The world’s largest software company is developing designs for a touch-enabled watch device, according at component have reportedly told the Wall Street Journal. Earlier this year Microsoft's research and development team ordered several suppliers select components for a potential watch-style smart device. It is unclear what exactly the software giant ordered. 

This is not the first time when a report citing component suppliers reveals current R&D intentions of Microsoft or other companies. Usually, it is unclear whether the research and development project will result into an actual product and when, given that at present Microsoft is on an early stage of research.

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 and other functions that do not require a lot of screen real-estate. A lot of users will also appreciate custom apps for such devices.

Wearable electronics gadgets are among the main trends of 2012, it appears. Google and LG Electronics are developing their augmented reality glasses. Numerous other companies, including, but not limited to Apple, LG and Samsung are working on interactive wrist watches.

Microsoft did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Apple, iWatch, iOS, iPad, iPhone, Samsung, LG Electronics, LG

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Discussion started: 04/16/13 11:27:33 AM
Latest comment: 04/17/13 05:47:50 AM

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nettop, chromebook, ultrabooks, tablets and smart phones, now smart watches and glasses .... i reckon late Jamie Duffy said it best when:

prophet loses way, stumbles angers easily
trading his ideas for easy tickets and plasma screens
a thousand lost voices, once destined for uprising
are now reclining blissfully
in their waste...

how can those with so much, piss on mill-ions
born with noth-ing, how can col-or or lo-ca-tion
seal your fate from in-ter-ven-tion
enough is enough
for glo-bal rapists, but your
con-su-ming hard pulls them deep
and be-fore you know it
se-cur-i-ty be-comes your to-o-o-o-ommmb...
0 2 [Posted by: medo  | Date: 04/16/13 11:27:33 AM]
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Will it still be called MSN watch like the one they sold in the 90's such as the Fossil MSN Watch AU4002?
0 0 [Posted by: Memristor  | Date: 04/16/13 11:29:42 AM]
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3. 
Maybe Microsucks will have two losers in a row?
1 1 [Posted by: beenthere  | Date: 04/16/13 01:43:00 PM]
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4. 
So why the photos presents iPod nano and an LG watch???
0 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 04/17/13 04:03:46 AM]
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5. 
What time is it? It's 5 minutes to midnight for Microsoft.
0 0 [Posted by: linuxlowdown  | Date: 04/17/13 05:47:50 AM]
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