Microsoft is not new to the world of smart watches. Microsoft introduced Smart Watch category a decade ago by partnering with various watch manufacturers. Those devices used radio waves to get some basic data such as weather report, etc,. Later, Microsoft discontinued the platform due to poor adoption by consumers.
Fast forward, it is now 2013. As companies like Sony, Motorola, Pebble are giving another try in Smart Watch category, there are rumors that Apple is working on a Smart Watch too. Today, WSJ reported that Microsoft is also working on a Smart Watch on its own.
Earlier this year, Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, the executives said. One executive said he met with Microsoft’s research and development team at the software company’s Redmond, Wash., headquarters. But it’s unclear whether Microsoft will opt to move ahead with the watch, they said.
For its potential new watch prototype, Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers, said an executive at a component supplier.
Microsoft also is continuing to test its own smartphone, although it isn’t clear whether it will bring such a device to market, component suppliers said.
Read more about it at WSJ.