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Microsoft Moonraker: The Nokia smartwatch that could have been

by Todd Haselton | June 12, 2015June 12, 2015 10:00 am PST

The Microsoft Band is currently the closest the company has to a smartwatch, but it might have had something much more refined. A new report suggests that Microsoft killed off a device that was being developed by Nokia’s devices division when it was acquired. It was dubbed the “Microsoft Moonraker,” and photos of the smartwatch were revealed on Friday. Evan Blass, also known as @evleaks, published the set of photos, which were originally found on a Tumblr blog from Pei-Chi Hsieh, who works on Microsoft’s design team.

According to The Verge, the product was scrapped in place of the Microsoft Band, even though a lot of research and development had been put into the device. Users would have had access to the phone, email and messaging applications, The Verge explained. Those are all offered by the Microsoft Band so there was probably no need for both devices to exist, but, dang, the Microsoft Moonraker looks a heck of a lot better.

If anything, we can see just how valuable Nokia’s design team should be to Microsoft. Would you rather wear what you see above, or the Microsoft Band? I know which one I’d pick.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...