Microsoft’s Surface accessory family is set for yet another addition as plans are firmly underway at the OS giants to introduce its latest accessory, currently known as “Surface Buds”.

This may be a sign of intent from Microsoft to continue its push into the consumer market industry, and it follows hot on the heels of the release of the Surface Headphone back in 2018.

According to sources close to the company, a project codenamed “Morrison” is currently underway with a pair of earbuds – the kind of which will compete with the Samsung Galaxy Buds, Powerbeats Pro, and Apple AirPods – the focus of their attention. Unlike the Surface Headphone, the Surface Buds are much smaller and will be much more suitable for travel than the bulky headphones.

For now, not much is known about these earbuds except that its codename may have taken after The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison (much like the Surface Headphones were codenamed Joplin after American composer Janis Joplin).

Beyond that, we can expect the Surface Buds to carry much of the same features of the Surface Headphones. So touch control, noise-cancellation (perhaps with some improvement) and Cortana integration are likely features to look forward to – all packed into a grey colored earbud. We may also get to see aptX Bluetooth and a fairly improved battery life. 

Whispers flying around also point to attempts at improving the interaction between the earbuds and a phone to make for smoother content reading. For now, though, there’s no certainty with the product as Microsoft is yet to break the news, so we can’t be sure what will or won’t find its way into Microsoft’s pair of earbuds. There’s also no official release date yet, but expectations are for sometime later in 2019.

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