Patent hints at Microsoft-branded portable smart speaker

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Microsoft is clearly left out in the smart speaker wars and the
company’s own voice assistant is largely anonymous in the
space. It looks like Microsoft is finally making its own smart
speaker, in order to help businesses or give a boost to
Cortana.

A new design patent application filed
by the Redmond-based Microsoft hints at a possible wireless
speaker. The patent was published just ahead of a special
Microsoft Surface hardware event in New York City in October.

Uncovered by us, patent titled ‘Portable speaker’ was filed in
late 2017 and published by USPTO on September 10. The filing
shows off a “portable speaker’s new design” and it actually
looks a lot like Amazon’s Echo Dot.

“The ornamental design for a portable speaker, as shown and
described,” one of the claims made in the patent filing reads.
At least two patent applications (1, 2) were published by
USPTO to show off Microsoft’s vision for a portable speaker.

Surface speaker patent

Surface speaker front

It’s also worth pointing out that two call buttons and a mic
button are present on the top side of the speaker, suggesting
that the speaker could be powered by Microsoft’s digital
assistant.



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