Apple went to great lengths to make its AirPods wireless Bluetooth earbuds stand out, building their own wireless chips allowing seamless syncing with Apple products. Now, it looks like Microsoft is planning to launch a pair of wireless earbuds, too, but under the Surface brand. 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. "The company is looking to capitalize upon the development of its audio tech by expanding its portfolio to cover the two major categories of headphones: over-ear and in-ear". The most interesting tidbit is some unspecified feature that would "improve interactions between a phone and the earbuds to make reading content easier on the phone".
Surface Buds wouldn't be Microsoft's first foray into high-end headphones, either. Microsoft products to come with Qualcomm processor In another news, it was recently reported that Microsoft is testing Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for its devices.
They pack adjustable noise cancellation, automatic pause and play, which pauses the video a user is watching when they take the headphones off.
Microsoft has not confirmed the report and as such, there is no timetable for the earbuds release. Keep in mind Microsoft already sells the $349.99 Surface Headphones, a pair of over-ear headphones with Cortana and premium features like noise cancellation.
The device will also be integrated with Alexa, allowing users to summon the digital assistant by saying the usual wake word, Bloomberg said.
They're available for purchase now online and in Apple stores.