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Bear in mind the Microsoft Band? The wrist-worn health tracker launched in 2014, however simply two years later the tech firm deserted it within the face of powerful competitors from the makers of comparable units.
Microsoft continued to help the Band and Band 2 health trackers through its Well being Dashboard apps and providers, however on Friday it introduced it’s lastly pulling the plug on the platform.
It implies that from Could 31, 2019, Microsoft will finish help for the Well being Dashboard, with all associated apps set to go away the Microsoft Retailer, Google Play, and Apple App retailer on the identical time.
Whereas clients will be capable to proceed utilizing their Microsoft Band gadget, the web-connected options will not be out there, the corporate confirmed in a message on its web site. Band homeowners have till the tip of Could 2019 to export their health information or to switch it to a different service or wearable.
Notably, Microsoft mentioned it could supply a refund to sure clients who personal the Band. It contains these whose gadget continues to be coated beneath guarantee, or, alternatively, anybody thought-about as an “energetic person” of the gadget. Microsoft defines this as somebody “who has worn the Band on their wrist and accomplished an information sync from the Band to the Well being Dashboard between December 1, 2018, and March 1, 2019.”
If that’s you, then anticipate to obtain an e-mail with refund directions — and remember to put in your declare earlier than August 30, 2019. House owners of the unique Band, which launched in 2014 for $200, will obtain $80, whereas homeowners of the Band 2, which bought for $250, will get $175.
The GPS-enabled Band can depend steps, monitor coronary heart fee, map runs, calculate ultraviolet publicity, and supply sleep information, amongst different options. It could additionally ship notifications through a smartphone by means of a delicate vibration.
The gadget launched in October 2014 with the improved Band 2 following precisely a yr later. However within the fall of 2016, Microsoft introduced it had bought out of the tracker and had no plans to make any extra.
The choice got here at across the identical time because the launch of the Apple Watch, which had health trackers very a lot in its sights, whereas rivals equivalent to Fitbit had been already having fun with respectable gross sales with their very own choices.
Fact be advised, the Band didn’t get off to the most effective of begins. Positive, it got here with loads of smarts, nevertheless it was slated for its disappointing design. The Band 2 was a particular enchancment, however DT’s evaluation on the time nonetheless described it as a tool that “collapses wanting the end line.”