Last night Microsoft has launched their health & fitness SmartWatch called “Microsoft Band” and so far the response online and in retail stores has been extremely positive.
We knew the device was only offered in the U.S. but many have hoped Microsoft Band will soon be launched internationally as well, at least by the holidays.
Well, today we have some bad news for anyone outside of the U.S. eying this handy little gadget – it will not be available internationally any time soon unfortunately, according to Joe Belfiore from Microsoft in a recent tweet:
Microsoft is often known for first releasing and “trying out” the market at home, in the U.S. before deciding to expand internationally so we expect to see Microsoft spend considerable time evaluating the strategy with the Band before committing to a wider release.
Click here for more info on The Microsoft Band.
Update [October 31, 2014] – Microsoft Band Is Sold Out Online!
We’ve heard many rumors about it and witnessed FCC filings detailing Microsoft’s wearable health and wellness wearable device and today the highly-anticipated wearable device has been revealed – it is called The Microsoft Band. It can be pre-ordered through Microsoft now but it is expected to ship by November 1.
The Microsoft Band is offered in Small, Medium and Large size and it’s selling for $199 USD. It is a cross-platform device that can be easily personalized to look and function according to your very own needs.
It features Guided Workouts, an integrated 24-hour heart rate tracking as well as a Sleep tracker that monitors the quality of your resting time. Another neat feature is the Skin temperature sensor.
Microsoft’s new SmartWatch also lets you stay productive. With the help of Cortana it allows you to easily interact with your e-mail and calendar. The Microsoft Band also acts as a perfect phone companion as it lets you “preview incoming calls, texts, social updates, weather, and more are just a wrist away. With Microsoft Band, now you can keep your head up, your eyes forward, and your hands free” according to Microsoft.
The Microsoft Band is super light weighing in at 2.12 ounces (60 g) and is compatible with Windows Phone 8.1 update3 with Bluetooth, iOS 7.1 and 8 as well as Android 4.3-4.4 devices with Bluetooth.
Microsoft has put in some amazing technology behind this new device, such as built-in GPS that records the routes you’ve walked, run, biked, and hiked. It even features a UV monitor that gives you current UV index reading to help you protect your skin.
We’ll have a full hands on review of the Microsoft Band shortly so stay tuned.
Click here to visit the official Microsoft Band page for more details.