After launching the brand new Surface Headphones last year, Microsoft is reportedly working to bring a pair of Surface branded ear buds to the market sometime this year. Just days after it was reported that Amazon is developing Alexa powered ear buds, Thorott reports that Microsoft is set to toss its hat into the ring, according to sources familiar with Redmond’s plans. Of course the difference here would be that Microsoft’s option would be powered by Cortana, its own AI and competition to Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa.
Codenamed Morrison, the ear buds are expected to bring about the same features as the Surface Headphones, whilst in ear instead of over ear. These features would include active noise cancellation, Cortana integration, answering questions and controlling music, and great battery life, though nothing has been concretely mentioned. With this product release, Microsoft will be expanding it’s audio portfolio while trying to compete in more consumer product categories, though with Microsoft’s track record it’s also likely that the product may never come to market at all.
No release date has been stated yet as Microsoft has yet to officially verify these claims, but it is being stated that a 2019 release is plausible, while not guaranteed. With that being said it should also be mentioned that the product may not be released under the name Surface Buds, as presently the product is still being referred to under its codename Morrison while in development phase.
What do our readers think? Would you like to see Microsoft release new wireless ear buds to compete with Amazon and Apple? Do you already have a pair of Surface Headphones and want the new Surface buds? Do you think Microsoft will bring these Surface Buds to the market? Let us know in the comments below!