A smartwatch is a handy business tool, but most of the ones on the market right now have one huge flaw: small batteries that can barely last a single day. Now, a new smartwatch from Microsoft might buck that trend with a longer-lasting battery. The tech giant hasn't yet confirmed any details about the rumored device, but a new report from Forbes suggests that the Microsoft watch is ready to hit store shelves within just a few weeks. It would go head-to-head with Android Wear devices, as well as the Apple Watch, which is slated for release early next year. Reports also indicate that the device will include a few features those devices lack, including broad compatibility and an impressive two days of battery life. While we wait to hear more, read on for three features that could make the Microsoft smartwatch great for work.
Two-day battery life
What good is a smartwatch if it's always running out of juice? Current Android Wear watches can last only about one day on a charge, and the Apple Watch is expected to have comparable battery life. That's why it's so notable that Microsoft's smartwatch will reportedly feature a battery that lasts for two straight days, giving you a bit of breathing room between charges.
So, what would the Microsoft smartwatch actually do? Like other smartwatches, its primary feature would likely be the ability to deliver alerts and notifications straight to your wrist, after you've linked it to your smartphone via Bluetooth. That's a boon for business users who don't want to risk missing an important message, reminder or notification. Sure, those alerts are all delivered to your smartphone, but a smartphone alert is easy to overlook, while an alert on your wrist is practically impossible to ignore. Plus, glancing at your wrist is just easier and more convenient than constantly digging your phone out of your pocket.
Android Wear watches must be linked to an Android smartphone in order to function, while the Apple Watch is compatible only with the iPhone. So Microsoft's smartwatch will probably only work with Windows Phone devices, right? Not so, according to new reports. Apparently, the device will feature broad compatibility, letting you link it to the iPhone and Android devices, as well as Windows Phone handsets, to pull in alerts, notifications and new messages. That could give the watch much greater flexibility than its competitors.