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Report: Microsoft Smartwatch Set to Launch in Weeks

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) will be the latest company to enter the smartwatch market if a report from Forbes is to be believed.

According to Forbes’ report, the Microsoft smartwatch will be “sensor-rich” and platform agnostic meaning it will work with iPhone and Android. The device will have a health aspect, meaning it will track the user’s heart rate and other vital signs. Forbes’ report also says that the upcoming smartwatch will be able to last up to two days from a single charge.

If Microsoft is indeed making a smartwatch, the world won’t have to wait long to see it. According to Forbes the device will be out sooner rather than later with an unveiling scheduled before the holiday season.

A tepid environment

Samsung (KRX:005930) launched its smartwatch just over a year ago to a very cool reception. While the first Galaxy Gear was a technically lacking device, consumers, much to the disappointment of vendors, haven’t been overly enthusiastic about the new form factor.

This might change when Apple (NASDAQ: APPL) releases its smartwatch, as the company has proven time-and-time again that it’s able to build excitement and demand for something new.

Microsoft does have an advantage opting for the hardware agnostic route but it’s unclear how many units the tech giant can reasonably hope to sell. This unknown unknown means that it could be anything from a Zune to a Kinect — polar opposites of success.