Microsoft's next wearable is all business

Partnership with TrekStor might make wearables a big part of business in the future

While Microsoft has pretty much given up on making its own wearables, having shelved its Band 2, that doesn't mean you won't see Windows 10 on a watch. It might just be a part of your workday thanks to the company's partnership with TrekStor.

All business

Microsoft's new strategy is to work with hardware partners to help put Windows on their devices. The way it will work with German manufacturer TrekStor is that the latter will build a "B2B commercial grade wearable" and it will run on Windows 10 IoT Core.

Connected to the cloud, the device will run Universal Windows Applications and will be "compact and intuitive. The idea is that the device will replace bulky handhelds and yet remain as secure and manageable as any device that uses Microsoft Azure Cloud services.

It's likely the devices won't be seen as much on ordinary consumers, but will likely be used by specialised workers in manufacturing, for patient care in healthcare as well as fleet management, asset management and retail inventory management.

What will it look like? Think a 1.54in display (square) with Bluetooth and WiFi, with voice messaging support and long battery life. For heavy duty use, it will also feature Gorilla Glass 3 as well as a robust clasp and strap.

Making Windows 10 widespread in the commercial sector for business-grade wearables might be a smart move on Microsoft's part and encourage more users to embrace the new wearables paradigm. In the meantime, for devices that are more about day-to-day use, check out our pick of the best wearables right now.