April 15, 2013 at 9:17 AM ET
Surprise, surprise! After reports that Samsung, Apple, and Google are working on smart watches, there's now word that Microsoft is getting in on the fun as well.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is working on "designs for a touch-enabled watch device." According to sources, Microsoft asked suppliers to ship components for such a device and a representative for one of the suppliers met with the Redmond-based company's research and development team (purportedly to talk about this request or future plans).
Tech history buffs may recall that Microsoft's given smart watches a shot in the past. In 2004, the company introduced Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) — a system to personalize various devices, including watches. SPOT watches were discontinued in 2008 and support for them, through MSN Direct network services, completely ceased at the end of 2011.
Perhaps things will go over a bit better this time around. We've reached out to Microsoft for comment.
In the meantime, Samsung's reportedly working on a smart watch which "will perform many of the tasks of a smartphone," according to Reuters. Apple's exploring "wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass," according to the New York Times. And Google's trying out Android-powered wrist accessories which will "act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system," according to the Financial Times.
It won't be long before the Smart Watch War officially begins.
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