Back in October of 2014, Microsoft released a new platform called Microsoft Health. The platform includes services that run in the cloud like the company’s Health app that is available for all major platforms and it is the cornerstone feature for those use the company’s fitness device, the Band.
Earlier this summer, Microsoft unofficially discontinued the Band 2, the company’s latest version of its fitness device. While they did not officially announce this, the company’s website only lists the medium as available for purchase and Best Buy previously listed the device as ‘discontinued’; a quick search on their site no longer lists the device in any capacity.
While it is still possible to buy the Band 2 directly from Microsoft, the writing is on the wall; its lifecycle is nearly over.
The company’s health app, which is available on all major platforms is a key application for anyone who has purchased a Band 2. The app makes it easy to visualize the data captured by the fitness device and while other devices technically have the ability to connect with Health, the primary device associated with Health is the Band.
With the Band 2 being no longer widely available and the Health app primarily used with this peripheral, it makes you wonder what the future of the wearable space is for Microsoft. With Microsoft expected to hold a hardware event later this year, the questions about if the Band 3 will be announced is being asked on an almost daily basis...