Microsoft has a history of coming out with products that are either before their time or whose execution or price don’t jibe with consumers.
Tablets or slates — used with styluses – were one such idea. So were smartwatches, known within Microsoft as SPOT — Smart Personal Objects Technology — Watches, that allowed subscribers to get information such as news headlines and stock quotes on their wristwatches. Microsoft sold the SPOT Watches for several years in the 2000s.
Now, Microsoft is apparently again interested in smartwatches.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is working on a touch-enabled watch device. Citing unnamed executives, the Journal said Microsoft had asked suppliers in Asia to ship components for such a device but that it was unclear whether the company would go ahead with manufacturing it.
A Microsoft spokeswoman said the company “is not commenting on rumors and speculation.”