You might have already read one or more web sites today that have provided the following Microsoft PR statement about the Microsoft Band…
“We continue to invest and innovate in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices. We also continue to sell Microsoft Band 2 and remain deeply committed to supporting our customers and exploring the wearables space.” – Microsoft Spokesperson
This was supplied to those outlets today that have cared to ask about the future of the Microsoft Band and if a 3rd iteration would be announced during a supposed October hardware presser.
While the Microsoft Band 2 continues to be available for purchase, there are signs that nobody’s working on a Band 3. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley says her sources say there won’t be a new Microsoft Band this year, and she’s “heard that Microsoft disbanded the group of individuals who were trying to get the Band to run Windows 10.” So it’s possible that we won’t see a major software update for current-gen hardware either.
While Microsoft has as usual has not confirmed anything, the official statement, is not necessarily hinting that there will not or never be a Microsoft band 3. It’s still possible that Microsoft could release new firmware for the Band 2 or introduce a Band 3 at some point. But it doesn’t seem to be a high priority at the moment. Instead, Microsoft is focussing on getting it’s healthcare apps across all platforms.
It should be noted that the Band or Band 2 don’t run Windows 10 bt a custom build. The Band 2 hardware is not of a top notch quality either and it has issues so it’s highly unlikely that the current hardware will survive the coming years even with an unlikely software update forcing the current owners to move onto the newer generations of fitness bands from other manufacturers.
We’ve mentioned before how Satya Nadella has steered Microsoft away from the hardware department and re-aligned focus on software and services which is what Microsoft has always been about. Earlier we’ve had reports of Microsoft killing off it’s Lumia series. The production of Lumia 950XL has already stopped and the Surface Phone might not arrive this ear or the next. If there is no replacement for the Band 2, it would represent a further distancing of Microsoft from the consumer market, with Microsoft, under Satya Nadella’s leadership, hewing ever further into the lucrative enterprise market.
The Band 2 has a list price of $250, but it’s currently on sale for $75 off. It features a curved AMOLED display, an optical heart rate sensor, motion sensors, ambient light, UV, galvanic skin response, and skin temperature sensors as well as a barometer and microphone.
Microsoft’s Band 2 gets up to 2 days of battery life on a charge and it can be paired over Bluetooth with smartphones running Windows Phone 8.1 or later, iOS 8.1.2 or later, or Android 4.4 or later.
Source : ZDNet