The Apple Watch was unveiled last month, but could soon face competition from a device designed by Microsoft

Microsoft to unveil smartwatch within weeks

Microsoft is preparing to launch a smartwatch within weeks that will work across different mobile platforms, according to reports.

The device will passively track a user's heart rate according to a report in Forbes that cited unnamed sources close to the project, and the wearable gadget's battery life will exceed two days of regular use.

Microsoft declined to comment, but the device will be hitting stores soon after being unveiled in an effort to capture the holiday season, Forbes reported.

Apple unveiled a smartwatch on September 9 that will combine health and fitness tracking with communications and will go on sale in early 2015, while Samsung Electronics unveiled its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in September 2013.

Microsoft smartwatch infographic

Microsoft smartwatch infographic

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