Microsoft is breaking up the Band.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reports that Microsoft has removed all of the Band fitness trackers from its online store, as well as the Band’s software development kit. And the company tells Foley that Microsoft has no plans to make another Band device.
Microsoft provided the following statement to Foley:
“We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year. We remain committed to supporting our Microsoft Band 2 customers through Microsoft Stores and our customer support channels and will continue to invest in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices.”
This news shouldn’t be too surprising, given the generally poor reviews of Microsoft’s first- and second-generation fitness trackers. Despite the fact they worked with both iOS and Android, many people complained about the Band’s obtuse interface, short battery life, and uncomfortable form factor.
Microsoft will still be making health-focused products, but those will be in the way of software — interestingly enough, Microsoft’s “Health” apps are now called “Microsoft Band.” Still, don’t expect any new fitness-tracking hardware from Microsoft anytime soon.
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