REPORT: Microsoft Is Building A Smartwatch

Posted Apr 15, 2013

According to a sources with the Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is building a smartwatch. Microsoft reportedly has asked suppliers in Asia to build and ship components for a touch-enabled watch device.  One of the Asian supplier executives met with a member of Microsoft’s R&D team in Redmond, Washington.  It is uncertain if Microsoft will actually release a smartwatch product or when.

This is not the first time that Microsoft has worked on a watch product.  Microsoft marketed devices that runs on Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT). Microsoft partnered with watchmakers like Fossil, Swatch, and Suunto on touch-screen watch models that cost as high as $800.  Microsoft bailed out of that project in 2008.

If Microsoft releases a smartwatch product, then it is likely that they will be competing against Apple and Pebble.  Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Apple has 100 employees building an iOS based smartwatch product. There is also a rumor that Samsung is building a smartwatch device. Google also filed a patent that hints at a Google Glass smartwatch.