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Microsoft is aiming to release its own fitness band–style watch later this year, with plans for it to work across all major smartphone platforms, not just Windows Phone.

The news comes from keen Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott, who claims insiders told him that the device will closely resemble Samsung’s Gear Fit.

That means that while you’ll be able to use it to tell the time and see smartphone notifications, it won’t be a full–on smartwatch a la Samsung’s Gear 2.

But the interesting news is surely that Microsoft plans to keep the wearable platform agnostic.

This could give Microsoft a major edge on its top–end tech rivals, whose kit only plays nice with matching smartphones.

Android Wear devices solely work with Android phones, Samsung’s Gear watches only tally with its handsets and Apple’s iWatch will doubtless be an iOS–only affair.

The wristband will apparently use Microsoft’s own health apps such as Bing Health and Fitness and will cost the same as Samsung’s Gear, so you're looking at an outlay of around £200.

It’s due to hit shelves in the last three months of 2014.



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