They're designed for productivity, and include Office 365 and Spotify integration. Microsoft has been working on intelligent earbuds, as speculated earlier this year— it revealed Wednesday's Surface Earbuds.
For omnisonic audio, they are touch and voice-enabled and sport a pair of mics in each bud. We come with a charging case and have up to 24 hours battery life. The Surface Earbuds will launch at $249 and during the holiday season they will be shipped.
Integration on Android is Spotify. A triple tap will instantly start playing music, and to monitor playback you must swipe and press. What's more, the true wireless earbuds, with Outlook calendar and email access with your voice, were built with Office 365 in mind.
When you wear them when giving a presentation, Microsoft will view captions of what you say on the screen in real time and even convert your voice into one of over 60 languages. You can also click a PowerPoint slide to proceed.
Via one-click matching, you should be able to pair them with your phones very easily. In the meantime, the earbuds are built for "everyday convenience and safety." Though, they look pretty bulky, so they may not be as sleek as some other consumer alternatives.
The earbuds were adopting Microsoft's Surface Headphones unveiled last year. Apple has AirPods and Powerbeats 2, of course, while Amazon has just introduced its own noise-canceling Alexa-powered Echo Buds. So it makes sense for Microsoft to have its own take on smart earbuds to help keep its competitors fast.