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Everyone is jumping into the smartwatch business and it looks like everyone's favorite Windows company is no exception. Current rumors are pointing toward a Microsoft smartwatch to be revealed this fall and the biggest kicker is that it'll be compatible with just about everything.

The oft-rumored Apple iWatch will likely only work with compatible iPhones and Android Wear smartwatches are only compatible with Android smartphones. The yet-unnamed Microsoft smartwatch, on the other hand, will reportedly work not only with the company's Windows Phone family, but also with iDevices and Android devices too. With the noted exception of BlackBerry (which isn't that big of a deal, really), the Microsoft smartwatch is just about covering all the bases.

What's more, we're hearing that this entry into the wearables market may not be a "smartwatch" in the traditional sense (if there even is a "traditional sense" in the first place). Instead, it may align closer to the fitness tracker or fitness band category with the Nike+ FuelBand and Fitbit, though it'll have smartwatch-esque notifications too. In this way, you could say that this Microsoft Smartwatch will compete against the Samsung Gear Fit in terms of functionality.

To follow the activity tracking end of things, the Microsoft wearable will boast "multiple sensors" to track things like steps taken (pedometer), but also your heart rate and calories burned. My best guess has the pricing in the $200 range when it reportedly debuts in Q4 of this year. Let's just hope it's not another Zune.


Via iPhone in Canada

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