Windows 10: The Future Of Microsoft Health Is Foggy


  1. Posts : 20,872
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
       13 Sep 2016 #1

    The Future Of Microsoft Health Is Foggy


    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...


    Read more: The Future Of Microsoft Health Is Foggy - Thurrott.com
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       14 Sep 2016 #2

    When I first read the title, I thought Microsoft was going out of business.
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  3.    14 Sep 2016 #3

    groze said: View Post
    When I first read the title, I thought Microsoft was going out of business.
    I was thinking along those lines too. More so, that its relevancy might have been in question with Windows Phone on the outs, and some uncertainty of how Windows 10 is doing. Well, good to hear things are OK (or at least better than it sounded)
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  4.    14 Sep 2016 #4

    I think Fitbit & Garmin have taken that market by a storm.
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  5. Posts : 20,872
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       15 Sep 2016 #5

    Microsoft rechristens its 'Health' fitness apps as 'Band'


    Microsoft has started renaming the Microsoft Health application to "Microsoft Band," on the heels of talk that Microsoft is likely phasing out its Band fitness-device line.

    WinBeta noted that Microsoft's latest update to its Health application for Android includes a switch of the name of that application to "Microsoft Band." A post-update refresh of the Microsoft Health app for Windows Phone also renames the app to "Microsoft Band," tweeted Neowin's Rich Woods. Ditto with the iOS version of the app.

    To me, this is further evidence that Microsoft is eliminating its own Band device, since it seemingly is reusing that brand as a replacement for Microsoft Health...


    Read more: Microsoft rechristens its 'Health' fitness apps as 'Band' | ZDNet
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  6.    20 Sep 2016 #6

    Maybe they're getting out of the wearable market so they can be first mover in the implantable market.
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  7.    22 Sep 2016 #7

    Hi there

    Actually VR and robotics is becoming a really important area in which Microsoft is seriously involved -- don't flog your Ms stock just yet !!!.

    My query is usually when VR is talked about it's usually all about Gaming experience -- now I'm NOT a gamer so I'll ask this one -

    Why not start using VR in places like education, Doctors visits etc etc -- I'm sure there are zillions of Real World places where Virtual Reality (sounds a contradiction in terms doesn't it) would really work.

    How about say Video conferencing or just meeting people -- far better using VR than the current Screen based ideas -- for learning this would be really good too as you could get one to one hands on tuition every time. Remote working would also be simpler too - and eventually who would ever need REAL offices any more --Real estate developers watch out !!!!.

    Computer power needs to rise significantly but I'm sure and there are zillions of applications VR would be exciting and practical to use --can't wait --so it's not all about Gamers.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8.    23 Sep 2016 #8

    jimbo45 said: View Post
    Hi there

    Actually VR and robotics is becoming a really important area in which Microsoft is seriously involved -- don't flog your Ms stock just yet !!!.

    My query is usually when VR is talked about it's usually all about Gaming experience -- now I'm NOT a gamer so I'll ask this one -

    Why not start using VR in places like education, Doctors visits etc etc -- I'm sure there are zillions of Real World places where Virtual Reality (sounds a contradiction in terms doesn't it) would really work.

    How about say Video conferencing or just meeting people -- far better using VR than the current Screen based ideas -- for learning this would be really good too as you could get one to one hands on tuition every time. Remote working would also be simpler too - and eventually who would ever need REAL offices any more --Real estate developers watch out !!!!.

    Computer power needs to rise significantly but I'm sure and there are zillions of applications VR would be exciting and practical to use --can't wait --so it's not all about Gamers.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    Well VR is really for entertainment and/or an immersive experience, no one would one really buy one for practical reasons, the main problem with it is you need to be able to "feel" it in order to experience it, otherwise its just a 360 degree TV around your eyes....it would literally need to work like a holodeck on star trek, and we are probably centuries away from that technology - otherwise, think about not being able to see/touch/feel where you are in reality, while in virtual you walk around a virtual house, and in reality run into the walls or trip and fall in your own house....on the other hand, AR is more practical for your scenarios (ie. the hololens). For example, wondering what a vehicle will look like in your driveway or what about clothes that you are looking at buying and want to see what they look like on you? Look what stupid pokeman is doing...AR will eventually dominate the common marketplace while VR will remain in the niche market. Think of the future of AR where an AR glasses set could eventually become as small as a regular pair of glasses...HUDs alone would work for many industries (ie. automotive, military, really anything that you want real-time or statistical information on). Education would be another big one (HoloAnatomy App For HoloLens Lands Major Science Award | Digital Trends) but also I recall Lowe's taking interest in AR, the possibilities are endless.
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       24 Sep 2016 #9

    Didn't a surgeon do a remote surgery using a VR (Not necessarily made by Microsoft)? I can't remember the full story.
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