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Microsoft Working on Wireless In-Ear 'Surface Buds' to Rival AirPods

Microsoft is planning to launch a pair of wireless earbuds under the Surface brand that will be a direct competitor to Apple's AirPods, according to sources familiar with the company's plans who spoke to Thurrott. The earbuds are currently in development under the code name "Morrison."


These are described to be in-ear wireless headphones, just like the AirPods. This isn't the first time Microsoft has created and sold its own headphones, as it currently sells the $349.99 Surface Headphones on its website.

The Surface Headphones are large, over-ear headphones with advanced features like noise cancellation. The new device would likely carry over a few features seen in the Surface Headphones, however, like Cortana integration and "a way to improve interactions between a phone and the earbuds to make reading content easier on the phone."

At this time, the name of the earbuds is not yet confirmed, but the simple moniker of "Surface Buds" is said to have been tossed around within the company.

Apple just updated the AirPods to version 2, which includes "Hey Siri" functionality and wireless charging. The full lineup now includes the AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case ($199), AirPods 2 with standard Charging Case ($159), and the standalone Wireless Charging Case ($79) that adds wireless charging capabilities to your existing AirPods.



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19 weeks ago
Zunebuds™...;)

Oh no, those would flop.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 weeks ago

At least Samsung copies Apple immediately - - Microsoft takes 3 years to do it.


Samsung released their first generation Gear IconX buds on July 15, 2016.

Apple announced the AirPods on September 7, 2016.

Might want to lay off the Kool-Aid.
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
"Hey Apple did something good! Let's all copy them" - all companies since 1979
Rating: 7 Votes
19 weeks ago
"Microsoft is working to develop wireless headphones under the Surface moniker"
I fixed the title for you! Not everyone cares to compete with Apple or their Sonicare headphones, they're not even the best on the market.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago
It seems the AirPods set the market standard for wireless convenience and battery life. Now you have Amazon and Microsoft both aiming trying to compete against AirPods. Competition is always a good thing, but Good luck.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago

I see people at the gym, “sweating like a pig(as it were)”, with AirPods. I personally wouldn’t use them like that since Apple was clear they are not sweat resistant. But to each their own.


My airpods have been through the wringer. I've run in heavy rain, sweated and dropped into water. They come out like a champ. The biggest issue I have is losing them.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 weeks ago

"Hey Apple did something good! Let's all copy them" - all companies since 1979


Because there were no wireless bluetooth ear bugs before Apple made them?
Rating: 3 Votes
19 weeks ago

At least Samsung copies Apple immediately - - Microsoft takes 3 years to do it.

Samsung first true wireless earbuds (Gear IconX) were released in June 2016. Apple copied them by December 2016. Some Apple fans think Apple invented everything whereas the reality is that Apple mostly copies stuff invented by othe companies.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago

At least Samsung copies Apple immediately - - Microsoft takes 3 years to do it.


In a way though, all these products tend to copy each other one way or the other in terms of design, features, etc. But what makes the AirPods unique, is what they were offering in terms battery life, W1/H1 Chip and compact design. I don’t mean to gush on Apple products specifically, even though I do like other competitor products, but the AirPods have to be one of the best accessories Apple has ever created.
Rating: 2 Votes
19 weeks ago

My airpods have been through the wringer. I've run in heavy rain, sweated and dropped into water. They come out like a champ. The biggest issue I have is losing them.


So I lost mine in the case and all. I searched everywhere to no avail (all I had was the grayed out last known location on 'Find My iPhone' and it showed them in my house). I gave up.

A month later I found them at the end of a customer's driveway with 100% case charge and 98% bud charge, which was bizarre to me. They worked instantly. They had been through the end of February and most of March in New England and were STILL WORKING PERFECTLY FINE! I couldn't believe it. I had already ordered a pair of gen 2's that arrived that same day.

I wouldn't ever experiment with them when it comes to water damage, but my mind was blown. Maybe because they were in the case? I had one bud get wet (fell out under a running spigot) some time ago and had to replace it. It made me happy since since I've become frustrated regarding some of their other products (MBP!).
Rating: 2 Votes

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