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According to latest rumors the work on the Microsoft Smartwatch has been taken over by the Surface team. The rumors have appeared on The Verge and the source of the rumors have been sourced to people who are in close contact with Microsoft inner circle and know intimately how the Redmond Company works.
Microsoft Smartwatch with a touch enabled 1.5 inch Screen
The blog further goes on to reveal that the smartwatch has reached prototype testing stage. The first rumors of the touchscreen enabled smartwatch were heard in April. The WSJ has also revealed that Microsoft is all set to release its version of smart watch. The smart watch will have a 1.5 inch screen which is touch enabled. It will be a direct competitor to the iWatch.
Microsoft Smartwatch with interchangeable bands
It is also revealed that the Microsoft Smart Watch will be available with inter changeable bands of different colors which include blue, red, yellow, black and white. The prototypes are placed in Oxynitride Aluminum which is a type of transparent material four times as hard as glass.
Verge has revealed that a team which had worked on Xbox accessories and Kinect Sensor had handles the prototypes. However after the recent reorganization which envisages a merging of Surface group and the Xbox Accessories group, the burden of developing the smart watch has fallen on Julie Larson-Green head of the devices and studios engineering group. Julie Larson-Green and his engineering team will cover all hardware development and supply chain for all devices regardless of their size.
Microsoft Smartwatch will run on Windows 8
The Microsoft Smart watch is being run on a customized version of the Windows 8 OS. Microsoft will integrate its smartwatch into other Windows based device. The smartwatch is touted to have storage of 6GB and LTE support, with a reliance on cloud storage.
This is not for the first time that Microsoft has delved into the smartwatch platform and in 2002 it had introduced something similar. It was named as Smart Personal Object Technology or SPOT. SPOT was designed to allow items to receive FM transmissions which delivered information like news and weather. However the venture ended prematurely.