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Coming soon: Microsoft smartwatch

Redmond moves into wearables

Coming soon: Microsoft smartwatch
Microsoft is entering a crowded market with its first wearable.

Microsoft's devices unit is poised to release a health-oriented smartwatch within weeks, Forbes reported yesterday.

The device will monitor a user's heart rate and has a battery life of two days, giving it a slight edge over the Apple Watch, Samsung's Gear range and the Moto 360 from Google-owned Motorola, all of which need to be charged daily.

Microsoft is entering a crowded market, but the device will reportedly be available to consumers before the holiday season, a deadline Apple is said to have been aiming for, before production hurdles delayed its Watch launch until next year.

Microsoft's device exploits optical tech experience cultivated by development of its Kinect gaming accessory. The device is also thought to be compatible across Android and iOS platforms as well as Windows Phone, in keeping with chief executive Satya Nadella's multiplatform strategy, which began with the launch of Microsoft Office for the iPad in March. In contrast, the Apple Watch only works with other iOS devices.

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