After delivering noise-cancelling Surface-branded headphones final 12 months, Microsoft could also be engaged on extra audio units. In accordance with a brand new report on Thurrott.com on April 15, Microsoft is readying its own wireless earbuds, which doubtlessly might be branded as “Surface Buds.”
In 2017, Microsoft applied for a patent for smart earbuds, which the U.S. Patent Workplace printed final summer time. As defined by PatentlyApple.com, Microsoft’s patent was for an audio accent with a speech interface that would offer hands-free, eye-free wearable capabilities. I feel the voice enter part (greater than the audio machine itself) is what Microsoft is specializing in right here.
The Floor earbuds could also be codenamed “Morrison,” as Thurrott’s Brad Sams notes. (The Floor Hadphones had been codenamed “Joplin,” consistent with the musical codename theme.) They could work with Cortana, as do the Floor Headphones. In accordance with Sams, a 2019 launch “does seem plausible, but is not guaranteed.”
I had heard final 12 months that Microsoft additionally had been engaged on a conferencing headset that would be similar to the Jabra Evolve — which, to me, suits in with the corporate’s business-first focus. The Floor Headphones had been designed for creators; the Floor Buds may match with Xboxes, telephones and TVs.
A number of years in the past, as a part of its “Envisioning” sequence on futuristic applied sciences, Microsoft showed off a voice-powered wireless earbud device in one of its videos. Whereas not every little thing in these movies has was business merchandise, most of the applied sciences demonstrated in its use-case ideas have gone on to turn out to be Microsoft merchandise.