Microsoft closes Microsoft Band online services | Archy news nety
Microsoft stopped doing the fitness tracker of Microsoft Band in 2016, but it still worked for anyone who bought one – like Fitbit or Apple Watch, the Microsoft Band used an app to help users keep track of their health.
On May 22nd, however, everything changes, as Microsoft will deactivate the online services of Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health Dashboard and will remove the download apps on iPhone, Android and Windows.
To meet users, Microsoft offers a partial refund for anyone who purchased the original Microsoft Band, the first release in 2014, or the Band 2 since 2015.
For owners of the original device, Microsoft will pay $ 80 and Band 2 owners will receive $ 175. The only condition is that you must have synced a Band with the app between 1 December 2018 and 1 March 2019, which means it will be limited only to active users. If your device is under warranty, however, you will receive a refund regardless of what.
There is a complete FAQ for the owners of Microsoft Band here, including details on how to export your health data on other services. The news was reported for the first time by The Verge.
It seems that Microsoft Band still has some use, even without those back-end services: you can use one to keep track of your heart rate, count steps, set an alarm or do anything else that does not need an internet connection. However, Microsoft warns, if you reset a band, it will be impossible to set it up again.
The Microsoft Band was a little ahead of its time: despite being primarily a device focused on fitness, it was equipped with some smartwatch-style features including the Cortana voice assistant and the ability to pay Starbucks with a code bar displayed. However, it got extremely lukewarm reviews, with users complaining that it was rough and inaccurate.
Microsoft Band 2 has added other apps and brought a renewed design, but it was released after the Apple Watch, which stole much of its lightning. Plans for a third-generation device were discarded and the entire Microsoft Band line was discontinued in 2016.
However, apart from this misfire, the Microsoft Band was part of Microsoft’s renewed assault on the hardware market, presaged by the surprising success of Surface Pro 3. In 2014, the overall quality of the Surface line shows that Microsoft’s hardware line still has many promises – only, perhaps, not on the wrist.