Surface Buds? Microsoft reportedly making AirPods-like wireless earbuds

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

Microsoft to release Surface Buds to compete with Amazon and Apple

After launching the brand new Surface Headphones last year, Microsoft is reportedly working to bring a pair of Surface branded ear buds to the market sometime this year.

According to Thurrott, who spoke to sources familiar with the company's plans, the Redmond tech giant is now working on a pair of buds under the codename "Morrison" set for release later this year.

Microsoft's recent attempt in the world of audio peripherals came in the form of Surface Headphones.

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Why the codename "Morrison"?

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It's unclear how Microsoft's wireless earbuds might stand out if they do materialize. The same applies to Amazon, which is also reportedly working on its own AirPods competitor as a way to get Alexa into more people's pockets.

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Sources familiar with Microsoft's plans told website Thurrott that the product will likely be called the Surface Buds. Keep in mind Microsoft already sells the $349.99 Surface Headphones, a pair of over-ear headphones with Cortana and premium features like noise cancellation. "Thurrott does say that the buds could contain a feature that "[improves] interactions between a phone and the earbuds" to make reading websites, e-books, and other digital content easier on smartphones, but that functionality may not make it into the final product.

They'll come with a wireless charging case akin to the one just released with Apple's second-generation AirPods.

Specifics on this aren't available right now, but more details should make the headlines as we approach the release date and the work on the project advances.

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