Microsoft is a company known primarily for their software such as Windows and Office, and to a certain extent hardware as well, such as with their Surface lineup of computers and tablets. However it seems that Microsoft is now branching into audio devices as the company has officially announced the Surface Headphones.
As the name implies, these are a pair of Surface-branded headphones, but it is more than just Microsoft trying to slap the Surface brand on everything. These are a pair of headphones that will offer up noise-cancellation features that offers up 13 levels of ambient noise control. There will also be 2 beam-forming microphones on each cup, along with 8 microphones in total.
There will also be controls built into the ear cups themselves for “intuitive” control where users can adjust things like volume and noise cancellation levels. They will also feature Cortana integration (digital assistants baked into headphones seems to be a thing lately) so if you’re used to Cortana, it’s more or less the same thing.
We can’t speak to the comfort or sound quality of the Surface Headphones, but for Microsoft to ask for $350 for them, we can only hope that they’ll be worth the money. No specific release dates have been mentioned but they are expected to be available later this fall.