Microsoft could challenge Apple's AirPods with wireless Surface earbuds

Microsoft is working on Surface earbuds to compete with Apple's AirPods

According to a new report, Microsoft is working on another pair of headphones, this time created to take on Apple's AirPods with wireless earbuds powered by Cortana. The Surface earbuds are said to be in the works with codename Morrison, which might point to Jim Morrison, who was the lead vocalist of the rock band The Doors. Microsoft products to come with Qualcomm processor In another news, it was recently reported that Microsoft is testing Qualcomm Snapdragon processor for its devices. However, most people prefer the convenience of earbuds or in-ear headphones, so it really makes sense for Microsoft's Surface team to explore these other form factors. "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". It's unclear when this product will ship, assuming it hasn't already been canceled. 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. We're also not sure about the timetable for a release.

Microsoft may include some features that make it easier for users to read content on their phone using the Surface Buds, but it's not yet clear what that will entail, according to Thurrott.

Microsoft's Surface Headphones are over-ear headphones, which means that they fully encompass the ears for better comfort and isolation.

We expect to hear more on this over the coming weeks and months - and though we don't yet have a definitive release date, the report from Thurrott suggests we could see the Surface Buds as early as 2019.

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