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3 Reasons Microsoft's Smart Watch Will Fail

Is the world ready for a Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) smart watch? Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that the software giant is starting to stockpile supplies to enter the market. 

Wearable computing is clearly going to be a big market. Google's (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) push for high-tech glasses is the real deal. This isn't science fiction anymore. Samsung last month announced that it's exploring a smart watch. Then we have Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , which has long been rumored to be working on a smart watch.

Given Apple's anemic share price, the hunger for innovation could make an Apple smart watch hit the market sooner rather than later. The surprising success for Kickstarter-funded Pebble naturally has Google and Samsung thinking of ways to exploit their successful platforms through Bluetooth-enabled watches.

Microsoft is in for an uphill battle. In this video, Rick Munarriz explores the three reasons Microsoft's smart watch is likely to be a dud if it ever does hit the market. 

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  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 12:35 AM, AsokAsus wrote:

    So who the heck would want a watch that randomly crashes at 11:17am, requires daily updates to patch holes that watch viruses use to invade your watch, requires 15GB for the software, and gets a maximum 4.5 hour battery life?

    Ok Ok, Ok, I know what ya'll are all thinking: "How did he know the watch will run Windows 8"? (I have my sources.)

    But seriously. The worst part is that now the PC Desktop will be limited to what a watch can do. Yes, that's right. That's because Microsoft wants ALL of their devices to have the SAME interface! No matter what. Just be thankful Microsoft doesn't decide to run Windows 8 on those doomsday digital countdown timers we see in the movies all the time with all those wires sticking out and no buttons. Talk about your REALLY bad user interface!

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 5:25 AM, foxmatrix25 wrote:

    Microsoft already did the smart watch thing..let me send you back in time...remember the SPOT watch? how did that end? now smile and think about that 59 dollar MSN Direct service a year price tag...

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 9:52 AM, sm5574 wrote:

    I don't believe the whole "death of the PC" concept. That's like the people in the 1980s declaring the death of the mainframe. Mainframes are still around -- it's just that much of their load has been relegated to lesser machines (PCs). As mobile technology continues to evolve, lesser devices (watches and such) will take more away from PCs, and PCs will certainly become physically smaller (e.g., the Mac Mini), but there is simply too much to do on a computer that requires a full-sized physical keyboard, that requires a large monitor, that requires more precision than a touch screen can provide -- there's too much that a PC has to offer for it to die out.

    Really, what we're seeing is the end of the PC bubble. There was a time that PCs were the only thing available for people to do simple things like checking their bank accounts or writing an email. That is no longer the case, and those basic users have abandoned the platform they never really wanted in the first place. But there are plenty of others who use PCs for things that a phone (let alone a watch!) will never be able to provide.

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 9:58 AM, sm5574 wrote:

    Oops, it appears my previous reply was based on an advertisement rather than a part of the article. :/

  • Report this Comment On April 16, 2013, at 10:14 AM, webguy76 wrote:

    This is probably the worst website I have ever seen. You are so quick to put down a new product that is not even out from Microsoft or Google, but the same product from Apple would be praised. Get over it.

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