Microsoft Band fitness tracker goes on sale for $199 USD
After a long time spent in the rumor mill, the Redmond giant unveils its fitness tracker known simply as Microsoft Band. Previous reports that mentioned multiplatform compatibility are now confirmed as the Band can connect to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone handsets. While its design is similar to competitors like Fitbit Charge or Nike FuelBand, this wearable has no match in terms of compatibility.
Microsoft Band has 10 sensors and features Microsoft's Cortana digital assistant. It can provide up to 48 hours of autonomy on a single charge and monitors a rich set of health and lifestyle parameters. When connected to a smartphone, the Band shows call, text and email alerts, as well as Twitter alerts.
The sync app for Microsoft Band is called Microsoft Health and includes a cloud service that stores and combines data "to create powerful insights." This device can be purchased online and offline directly from Microsoft for $199 USD.