It was simply final October that Microsoft released the Surface Headphones, its first real foray into headphones. It turns out the company might not be stopping there. Microsoft is reportedly planning on building its own “true wireless” headphones in the vein of Apple’s AirPods.
The report comes courtesy of Brad Sams of Thurrott, which has a dependable observe report on Microsoft rumors. Sams writes the earbuds are codenamed ‘Morrison’ – probably after Jim Morrison of the Doorways – citing “a number of sources who’re conversant in the corporate’s plans.” At launch, they may be known as Floor Buds, however there’s no affirmation of that identify.
The report doesn’t verify a lot in the way in which of upcoming options, however it does counsel related talents to the full-size Floor headphones, together with noise cancellation and Cortana integration. Essentially the most fascinating tidbit is a few unspecified function that may “enhance interactions between a cellphone and the earbuds to make studying content material simpler on the cellphone.”
Microsoft’s simply one in every of many firm’s leaping on the “true wi-fi” prepare. Whereas audio firms like Sennheiser and RHA look to make true wi-fi headphones with the first objective of merging sound high quality with comfort, for Microsoft, it could possibly be an try and make an entry into the cellular area after not having a lot success with smartphones. The identical applies to Amazon, which is also reportedly working on its own AirPods competitor as a way to get Alexa into more people’s pockets.
Sams believes a 2019 launch is plausible but not guaranteed; we’ll have to wait and see.
Revealed April 16, 2019 — 17:56 UTC