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If you’re a fan of Microsoft fitness wearables, there’s some bad news in the air today. Microsoft announced that it is unceremoniously ending sales of the Band 2. The Redmond giant has already pulled listings for the wearable from its online store and even went so far as to remove the Band software development kit (SDK). If you’re hoping to score a bargain basement deal on a remaining inventory at stores like Best Buy and Amazon, you might not ever get the chance according to Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. “I've also heard anecdotally that Microsoft is removing remaining Band devices from its some, if not all, of its brick-and-mortar stores, but have not verified that myself,” reports Foley.... Read more...
Back in early October, Microsoft announced its next generation Band fitness tracker, which is sleeker and more capable than its predecessor. But the handsome new looks and curved AMOLED display came at a high price: the second generation model debuted at $249 at the same time its predecessor was hovering around the $100 mark. While we’re certain that early adopters willing to pay full MSRP are still happy with their Bands, those that decided to wait it out for a significant price cut are in for a real treat. Dell has slashed the price of the Band to $199, which is impressive enough in its own right. However, to further sweeten the deal, Dell is also tossing in a free $75 eGift Card which can... Read more...
The market for wearables is starting to take off, and first-party manufacturers are stepping in to offer accessories that were previously only catered to by third-party companies. We saw this earlier this month with the release of the Apple Watch Magnetic Charging Dock. Today, Redmond is filling a void for Microsoft Band users with a new Charging Stand. The Charging Stand is constructed primarily of plastic and features a weighted and rubberized base so that it won’t slid around when inserting or removing the Microsoft Band. Microsoft describes the accessory, stating: This stylishly designed charging stand helps with cable management and doubles as a beautiful table clock. It features magnetized... Read more...
Microsoft announced its second generation fitness wearable at a blockbuster event in early October that also saw the reveal of the Surface Pro 4 and the innovative Surface Book. While the Microsoft Band isn’t billed as a full-fledged smartwatch, it does come with a wealth of smart- and fitness-related features that are sure to please just about anyone that maintains an active lifestyle. The second generation Microsoft Band received its first major update on Friday, which adds music controls and activity reminders. With this update, any app that you use on your smartphone (Windows Phone, iOS and Android are supported) to playback music can be controlled using the Microsoft Band via Bluetooth.... Read more...
The second generation Microsoft Band is an impressive fitness wearable, packing in 11 sensors and a curved, AMOLED touch screen display. However, it is priced at $249, which puts it $50 above the debut price of its predecessor. That brings us back to the original Band. Just last month, Microsoft had the wearable on sale for a low, low price of $99. At the level, we figured that stocks would deplete relatively quickly and fitness gurus would be forced to pony up for the more expensive second generation Band. That’s obviously not the case, as retail partner Best Buy still has plenty available, and has dropped the price by another $20, taking the original Band down to just $79.99. Don’t get us wrong,... Read more...
Leading up to Microsoft’s October 6th hardware event, there were numerous sales on the first generation Band fitness wearable. The Microsoft Band debuted with a $199 price tag and we saw it fall to $150, and later to $99.99 via Microsoft's retail partners. However, that $99 price tag was a limited time sale by Best Buy, and the electronics retailer has jacked the price of the Band back to $129.99. For those of you that are still hip to the first generation Band (after all, it’s still a very competent wearable) and still want to take advantage of bargain pricing before supplies eventually dry up, Microsoft has permanently cut the price to $99.99. That pricing includes small, medium, and large... Read more...
Microsoft made a bigger splash during its hardware event today than Shaquille O'Neal doing a cannonball in a kiddie pool. It unveiled new phones with fancy Windows 10 features, an updated Surface tablet, its first true laptop (not a 2-in-1), and a curvaceous fitness band, the last of which gains a curved display and yet another sensor. Picking up where the original left off, the new Microsoft Band is sleeker and more comfortable. It's also a little bit tougher, as it now boasts a curved, touchscreen color AMOLED display protected with Gorilla Glass 3. This change in design addresses the most common complaint of the original, which is that it felt too rigid and a bit awkward with its flat display.... Read more...
If you have a Benjamin burning a hole in your pocket, you can bring it to Best Buy and walk out of the store with a Microsoft Band (plus tax, of course). That's right, Best Buy has marked down the price of Microsoft's fitness wearable to just $100, which is half off the device's regular price and $50 less than the lowest discount we've seen previously.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out why Best Buy is selling Microsoft's wearable at such a hefty and attractive discount. Microsoft has made it known that it's holding a Windows 10 hardware event in New York City on October 6, and rumor has it one of the new products on tap is a second generation fitness band.We've even seen some supposed... Read more...
Back in late August, we received word that Microsoft would be holding an event in October to showcase the best it has to offer with respect to Windows 10 hardware. Today, Microsoft confirmed those intentions, announced that it will hold a hardware event in New York City on October 6th. Microsoft isn’t sharing any further details on what it plans to reveal other than to state that it has “some existing news to share about Windows 10 devices.” But that’s fine; we already know with near certainty what Microsoft will launch early next month. For starters, we can expect to see the Surface Pro 4, which is long overdue. The Surface Pro 3 was introduced over a year ago, and recently has been the subject... Read more...
Microsoft introduced its “fitness” Band late last year in an attempt to tap into the growing wearables market. Supplies were incredibly constrained at launch and it took Microsoft a few months to get production numbers up to a comfortable level. Once production was humming along, the discounts started piling on. Microsoft struck the first blow with a meager $20 discount of its own, while Target countered with a $50 discount, making for a pretty sweet 25 percent savings off the MSRP. In the month since Target temporarily slashed the price on the Band, things have been relatively quiet…. until now. Amazon is now trying its hand on Band discounts, matching the limited time Target price of $149.99.... Read more...
Target is offering a 25 percent discount on the Microsoft Band, a fitness wearable that just saw a $20 discount at the Microsoft Store last week. The deal at Target is much better, as it slashes $50 off the $200 retail cost, bringing the tally to $150 instead of $180. However, it's an in-store only deal through Target's Cartwheel mobile savings app.You can download Cartwheel from Google Play for Android devices or the Apple Store for iOS gadgets. The app offers hundreds of discounts ranging from 5 percent to 50 percent off, which you can add to your virtual cart. Then when you shop a brick-and-mortar Target location, you scan your barcode at checkout for any applicable discounts you saved.In... Read more...
If you're a fitness guru or otherwise looking to "live healthier and be more productive," as Microsoft pitches its Band accessory, you have options. Lots of them. Fitness has become a huge point of focus for the wearables category, and speaking of the aforementioned Microsoft Band, the Redmond outfit sliced $20 off the price of its wrist band today.It now sells for $180, down from its original retail cost of $200. With it you can "achieve your wellness goals and stay more productive with email. previews, and calendar alerts at a glance," Microsoft says. It offers guided workouts, can track your reps, and give you a detailed summary of your effort, number of calories burned, and more. And when... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker was first discovered by serial leaker Evan Blass, who discovered a Tumblr page featuring the device... Read more...