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Microsoft Smartwatch: Nadella's Next Strategy Step?

Microsoft smartwatch rumors heat up again, suggesting a cross-platform strategy that suits CEO Satya Nadella's goals.
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Microsoft has said little about its wearable technology strategy, but its research shows the company is interested.
Microsoft has said little about its wearable technology strategy, but its research shows the company is interested.

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Gigi3
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Gigi3,
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6/4/2014 | 1:28:15 AM
Re: Wearable devicess from MS
"If Microsoft enters the smartwatch space, it's smart to expand its OS beyond Windows. Consumers don't care about the OS. And when you're talking about something that people wear, they can be especially fickle and especially conscious of how something looks and feels. If I was MS, I'd worry more about aesthetics this time!"

Alison, peoples are always looking for interoperability among devices. Now they are looking for particular OS because they want the compatibility with existing devices.
Gigi3
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6/4/2014 | 1:24:10 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"I know that the first version is going to leave use wanting since expectations are high but this is headed in the direction that I've been waiting for.  If they can work out a Chromecast like solution so that I can push some apps from a smart watch to my laptop/tablet I could see leaving my phone behind."

saneIT, I think it may happen gradually when market demands more and technology get matured.
Alison_Diana
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6/2/2014 | 4:29:44 PM
Re: Another flop product?
The huge problem here is that clinicians don't have time to spend with patients already; isn't the average face time about 7 minutes or 10 minutes? For this personal data to be useful and usable, someone must figure out a way to send an easily digestible version of the data to clinicians. As one doctor told me -- perhaps a green checkmark to indicate a patient has done enough exercise for the past month, eaten nutritiously, etc.? And a red X in those areas s/he was non-compliant. This would pop up on the patient's EHR when they walked into the room and not a moment sooner! We know doctors aren't going to wade through reams of data about each patient's daily habits. There's no reason they should.
Alison_Diana
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6/2/2014 | 4:25:59 PM
Re: Wearable devicess from MS
If Microsoft enters the smartwatch space, it's smart to expand its OS beyond Windows. Consumers don't care about the OS. And when you're talking about something that people wear, they can be especially fickle and especially conscious of how something looks and feels. If I was MS, I'd worry more about aesthetics this time!
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6/2/2014 | 7:38:42 AM
Re: Another flop product?
I came here to make those same points.  There is a reason that Samsung isn't relying on the connection to a smart phone to have a usable "smart" watch.  I know that the first version is going to leave use wanting since expectations are high but this is headed in the direction that I've been waiting for.  If they can work out a Chromecast like solution so that I can push some apps from a smart watch to my laptop/tablet I could see leaving my phone behind.
Gigi3
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6/2/2014 | 4:30:18 AM
Re: Another flop product?
"Smart watches flopped for every manufacturer so far. They are the solution to a problem that doesn't exist plus they are quite expensive. People already do not buy smart watches and they surely will not spend hundreds of dollars for one from Microsoft."

Moarsauce123, you are right about failure of smart watches/ that's the reason Samsung added mobile functionality along with smart watches (Samsung Gear) for Galaxy S3 & S4. Its seems to be great success and MS is doing the same thing.
Gigi3
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6/2/2014 | 4:25:26 AM
Wearable devicess from MS
"Microsoft could launch a health-oriented smartwatch as soon as this summer, according to a new report. Intriguingly, the device allegedly will be compatible not only with Windows Phone handsets, but also with iPhones and Android smartphones. A flurry of reports last year claimed Microsoft was developing a smartwatch, but until recently, new details had been scant."

Micheal, It seems that MS is also venturing in to wearable device segments by diversifying their business from OS and Software to devices. This will help them to be prominent in market and to held their own market portion before Google get flourish the business.
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6/1/2014 | 8:32:41 PM
Re: Another flop product?
I agree.

>> solution to a problem that doesn't exist

I can just see it now - Hordes of junior diagnosticians besieging their doctors with reams of questionable data taken with an uncertified device by individuals with no clinical background. An unhappy time for all.


This is a class of device that certainly has a future, but it must come from the clinicians to the patients, not the patients to the clinicians. The cart should take its traditional place behind the horse.
moarsauce123
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6/1/2014 | 8:28:21 AM
Another flop product?
Smart watches flopped for every manufacturer so far. They are the solution to a problem that doesn't exist plus they are quite expensive. People already do not buy smart watches and they surely will not spend hundreds of dollars for one from Microsoft.
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mak63,
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5/31/2014 | 10:59:59 PM
limited
I'm all for wearable devices. Nonetheless, Microsoft "could launch" a device that seems limited already, Isn't Samsung coming with a smartwatch that works as a stand-alone phone in a few months?
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