Microsoft Band available now for $199 (US only)

First seen yesterday, the Microsoft Band can now be purchased in the US for $199, being compatible with Windows Phone 8.1, Android (version 4.3 or newer), and iOS (7.1 and 8).

The Band is a smart fitness tracker developed by Microsoft for “people who want to live healthier and be more productive.” It can help you set and achieve fitness goals, track your sleep, and even monitor your heart rate. Moreover, the Microsoft Band lets you stay connected at a glance, providing quick notifications: emails, calls, texts, or updates from social networking sites. You’ll need to download the Microsoft Health app (from Windows Phone Store, Google Play, or Apple App Store) to connect the Band to your smartphone or tablet. On Windows Phone, the Band is integrated with Cortana.   

The new wearable device has quite a lot of sensors inside, including: optical heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, gyrometer, GPS, ambient light sensor, skin temperature sensor, UV sensor, capacitive sensor, and galvanic skin response sensor. Other features: a 0.43 x 1.3 inches display, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, haptic vibration motor, and two 100 mAh batteries (which together provide a usage time of up to 48 hours). The Band weighs 60 grams, being sweat- and splash-resistant.

You can buy yourself a Microsoft Band from Microsoft Store - both online, and via retail locations. Microsoft is offering a free 2-week Gold’s Gym trial, and a $5 Starbucks gift card to all buyers. So, who's getting one? 

P.S.: At the moment, we don’t know if the Band will be released outside the US.

sources: Microsoft, Microsoft Store



1. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Really nice device.

2. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Nice device. MS is really very good at hardware :)

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It seems like a nice fitness tracker. But if you have an iOS or Android device, then Microsoft's band is just exactly that, a fitness tracker. If you want to use some of the other features and functionality, then you have to have a WP device in order to see or use them. Like voice integration and cortana.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Only thing is Cortana, everything else works. So no it is not just a fitness tracker.

5. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

the only thing that will not work with other platforms is Cortana. did you even bother to research, or did you just start making bias assumptions? oh also, this works with ALL platforms. something the other fitness bands have yet to implement.


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

i went to buy it today and was truly shocked at how uncomfortable it was. It's so rigid, non flexible and the screen is designed to display on inner arm meaning resting your arm on anything has screen face down. It has the most sensors, a good enough price for a full fledged super tracker BUT no way this thing is gonna get good reviews simply because of how uncomfortable it is to wear :(

18. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I had the opposite experience. Yes, the band section was a bit stiff (not broken in yet) and the sensors and screen don't have much flex, but once I tried on a Large-sized one instead of a Medium-sized one, it felt much better. My Microsoft store was sold out of them in less than four hours! Guess I'll be waiting for mine. On the plus side I have over $100 of Microsoft Store credit thanks to Bing Rewards, so it's not going to cost me much out of pocket!


Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

ill go back today and try the large one then.. but i feel while it may be more comfy in large, the HR sensor may not work as well as a snug fit is required for HR sensors. It really has all the sensors needed to be best in class, i just do not feel anyone will truly want to wear this thing since i felt it was very unconfortable

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

It seems like pretty decent hardware and more pleasing industrial design than most other Microsoft products of late. I won't be giving my life and health data to Microsoft, but I suspect there will be some willing idiots who will.

7. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's a little uncalled for. Every tech/internet company right now is all about data anyway. Pick your poison.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Ignore him he's just trolling he does it all the time. the fact is between Apple Google and MS, Microsoft is the only one I truly trust with my data.

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Every tech/internet company right now is all about data anyway. Pick your poison." I am not a big fan of poison. Or of slavery which is what all these little "bracelets" are about anyway. No matter many tech companies sell these bracelets, it doesn't mean collecting and selling people/their data is an ethical thing to do. Reminds of the early days of America where there were hundreds of slave merchants. Now the people are so dumb they sell themselves into slavery. Some are even proud of which slave merchant they belong to.

20. Dastrix unregistered

You got the wrong definition mate.

21. Dastrix unregistered

Going by that argument, the same can be said for all tech companies.

8. meanestgenius

Posts: 22043; Member since: May 28, 2014

This is a pretty nice device! Definitely something I could see myself investing in.

9. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Xiaomi band with almost same features just for $13

16. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

Not to defend the MS band, which I dislike for several reasons, but the MI band has nowhere near the features! For starters it has no display...!

10. aldridhl

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

out the wearable "smart" devices, I think something in this form factor is more appealing than a chunky looking rolex.

11. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Vertical display option? The horizontal bit bugs me...

14. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

$200! I guess I will just be sticking to my 3DS as a pedometer

17. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

I was about to buy one from MS online store but found out the band is "Sold out due to overwhelming demand" !!

22. FerneyZan

Posts: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 2010

Just watching the video for this band, it made me wanna buy me one as well as buy one each for my two sons.. Very nice Microsoft.. :)

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