Citing unnamed supply chain sources, The Journal claims that Microsoft asked Asian suppliers to ship components for the device. If the reports are true, it would be joining the likes of Apple, Samsung, Google, and others looking to capitalize on a forecasted boom in wearable electronics. Microsoft has so far refused to comment on the rumors.
After the iPhone and iPad, it makes sense that everyone's scrambling to join Apple on the starting blocks for the new big thing. But has anyone committed to anything? If ever there was an obvious gadget whose success will depend not on hardware but on what it connects to, it's the fabled smartwatch. Remember, Sony's is already out and it's not much cop.