Microsoft Said To Be In Talks To Purchase Basis, A Smartwatch Maker

Tami Reller, the executive vice president of marketing at Microsoft, recently said in her speech that the company was planning to bring Windows on smaller devices in the very near future.

This public statement at the Goldman Sachs technology conference is as clear an indication as any that Redmond is keen on expanding the horizons of its flagship operating system — whether it means bringing it on smaller tablets, or lowering the footprint to make it run on new form factors.

New form facts, as in smartphones and other such wearable devices.

And now Microsoft is said to be interested in taking over Basis Science, maker of the popular and well received Basis Health Tracker Watch. And it is not alone.

TechCrunch is citing unnamed sources in claiming that several companies are planning such an acquisition, including Google and Apple. Microsoft seems to be in good company, then, as all three are reportedly working on their very own smartwatches.

Estimate price is said to be under the $100 million range, by the way.

Smartwatches (and wearable computing, as a whole) represent the next technological frontier for these technology giants. Not much is known about what exactly is cooking in the labs at Microsoft, but it goes without saying that you can soon expect an optimized version of Windows on small screen devices.

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