Bad news if you were looking to get your hands on (or gift) Microsoft’s surprisingly comfortable Surface Earbuds this holiday season: they won’t be available until the spring. Panos Panay, chief product officer of the Microsoft Devices group, said the company needs a little more time “to get all the details right.”
Product-making is about the relentless pursuit to get all the details right, which takes time…sometimes more than we planned on. To ensure we deliver the best possible experience for you, our fans & customers, Surface Earbuds will now launch worldwide in Spring 2020 #Surface
— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) November 21, 2019
Microsoft had planned to release the $249 earbuds, which it revealed last month, this holiday season. They include a charging case and Microsoft says they can run for 24 hours on a single charge.
The wearables will offer Office 365 integration, with features including access to your Outlook email and calendar via voice control. Meanwhile, people who give presentations may find Surface Earbuds particularly useful, as they can transcribe their speech and display it on screens in real-time, and translate what they’re saying into more than 60 languages. The wearables will also include Spotify integration with touch controls on Android.