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Windows could hinder Microsoft smartwatch sales

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Microsoft files smart watch patent

Microsoft could soon be coming out with its own version of a smartwatch, judging from a recently-surfaced patent filing, but it could face serious challenges as the number of wearable device makers continues to grow.

With Samsung's Galaxy Gear watch, Google's Android Wear, the Pebble Smartwatch and others, plus a rumored Apple iWatch in the works, Microsoft will be facing serious competition.

One of Microsoft's biggest challenges will be coming up with a design that's better than anything consumers have seen so far from Apple, and that's a tall order, according to Mike Prospero, reviews editor at Laptop Mag.

But the wearable device market is new enough that Microsoft has a chance to be a major competitor among gadget makers in this field, Prospero said.

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