Here's Microsoft's Band wearable - a fitness tracker with Cortana integration

Here's Microsoft's Band wearable - a fitness tracker with Cortana integration
Microsoft is seemingly getting ready to announce a wearable device simply called Band. As its name suggests, the Microsoft Band isn’t exactly a smartwatch. It’s a fitness band - much like Samsung’s Gear Fit, though with a more conservative design, and apparently with a regular (thus not curved) display.

The existence of the Band is pretty much confirmed by Microsoft itself, as the company today posted three apps via Apple’s App Store, Google’s Play Store, and its own Windows Phone Store - all being companion apps for the new wearable device. The iOS app is called Microsoft Band Sync, while the Android and Windows Phone ones are dubbed Microsoft Health.

It looks like the Microsoft Band will be able to provide "24-hour heart rate monitoring and automatic activity counting," while being integrated with Cortana on Windows Phone.

At the moment, we don’t know when Microsoft will launch its Band, and neither for what price, but we assume an official announcement is just around the corner.


sources: Windows Phone Store, Google Play, Apple App Store via Windows Central, The Verge

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27 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

looks interesting. I have been looking into these, like the fit bit, but this looks better. Hopefully it isn`t too expensive, or I will just use my 3DS as a pedometer, even though it is MUCH heavier

3. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Lumia coresense in WP also do the job, (if you don't use windows phone ios 6 in iphone 5s and 6 do that too, with android I don't know)

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I am soon getting rid of my lumias for the m8 with WP. So no core sense for me.

8. sgodsell

Posts: 6902; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So this band for both iOS and Android is just a fitness tracker, but if you have a WP, then and only then can you use cortana. So really its a fitness tracker for the other platforms.

25. pookiewood

Posts: 631; Member since: Mar 05, 2012

Also thinking of leaving the Lumia line for the ATT M8. I did some looking online and apparently the the M8 has a Sensor Hub (Nokia's is really called SensorCore). Hopefully MS will tap into that on the M8.

2. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

we need more useful and cooler sensor than gimmicky health sensor, why should geeky people interested in health stuff anyway..

6. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

This device is for consumers, not for geeks.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It has ten sensors.. What others do you suggest?

5. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

It will launch tomorrow, the 30th.

7. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hmm, at first I wasn't very interested in just a health monitor (would love a smartwatch though), but this thing is packed with sensors. In addition to all of the standard fitness tracker stuff, it has Galvanic skin response and GPS sensors. That should be cool.

9. Furbal unregistered

listed @ $199 on at the MS store

10. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

im debating on just spending the extra $50 for the fitbit surge

14. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

50$... That's 5 takeaway pizzas... It's nothing, and for that you get music controls on your wrist, a display that doesn't involve unnatural strenuous twisting of your elbow and wrist AND a 250% increase in battery life! Cortana could be the factor that shifted the balance, but I'm not from the US so I wouldn't know...

19. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

i honestly couldnt care less with cortana on the watch.....i mean fit band

20. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Cortana works only if you have it paired with a WP8 device. So that means a feature that works only for 2% of worlds population. MEH

23. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

My point exactly... :-)

11. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

It was on the TV show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

12. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Sigh, another MS fail... :-( US only = fail. Awkward display placement = fail. 2 day battery life = fail. No music controls = fail. Price = fail. Luckily a smartwatch, much less a fitness band, is not very high on my wish list, but MS is really doing it's very best to ward off potential buyers, which has an impact on the ecosystem, which has an impact on me as a Lumia owner... :-(

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The only thing that fails is your trolling, Sigh.

24. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Not even an attempt at an argument? The only one who qualifies for trolling here is you...

27. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It has music controls, and much more... Ummm Cortana???

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Microsoft wants your health data too. What a surprise.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Thats because its to enhance your life, unlike Googles approach, even Edward Snowden says avoid Google.

15. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I have been generally happy with my FitBit Flex, but it is too expensive. I don't see me buying another fitness band... Maybe smart watch, but for now, I will be skipping this purchase. Although Cortana integration would be SO SWEET.

16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm a person wants a watch to play music using a smart watch? how do you wear it? Running wires up a persons arms unless it's the upper arm while they are exercising is not cool because the wires slapping a person's arm will annoy the hell out a Person. a smart watch would need an upper ARM band attachment to use headphones with to cut down of the body being slapped by a headphones wire. I think this is a cool device since it is said to be capable of using Cortina, Google health software, Apple heath software, Fitbit , Nike fuel software and other health software. Something for everybody. Microsoft needs developers to create Microsoft Windows10 health soft wear to go with this device. It's next model should have a separate battery for it's Time watch functions so it always a watch you can tell time with.

17. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Two scenarios: 1: I bring my phone, but it stays in my pocket, and I control the music with my watch/band, which is connected to my phone via Bluetooth. 2: The music is stored in the watch/band Fitbit Surge style, and I run with my Bluetooth earplugs. Either option would be a drastic improvement to having to fish out my phone while running...

18. alumoyo

Posts: 391; Member since: Aug 26, 2013

These elongated displays do NOT work! It means you have to wear it on the inside of the wrist to view text in the landscape orientation. Traditionally this is how women wore watches, but the whole style faded away anyway. People wear these things on the outer part not on the inside.

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