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Microsoft investigating their own Smartwatch


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According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft is the latest company to be investigating designs for a 'smartwatch'. The WSJ says they got the tip-off from executives at Microsoft's component suppliers.

The report says that Microsoft asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for a potential watch-style device, earlier in 2013. One of the WSJ's tipsters said they met with Microsoft's research and development team at the software company's base in Redmond but it's not clear whether the device will ever get out of R&D.

"We see growing demand for wearable gadgets as the size of the smartphone has become too big to carry around," said RBS analyst Wanli Wang. "A smart watch that is compatible with a smartphone and other electronics devices would be attractive to consumers."


Research firm Gartner expects the market for wearable smart electronics to be a $10 billion industry by 2016.

For its potential new watch prototype, Microsoft has requested 1.5-inch displays from component makers, said an executive at a component supplier.


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