For many the first Microsoft Band was a great little wearable that is probably quite instrumental in their daily lives, not just for exercise. We are getting closer and close to the “Dick Tracy” watch where everything you need is contained within, rather than having to tether with a cell phone for additional functionality. The Microsoft Band 2 has gone through a bit of comfort designs that the original probably should have gone through also. This news alone may push a few Microsoft Band 2’s off the shelves. There is more, though, to the Microsoft Band 2.
Along with better fitting comfort design, the Microsoft Band 2 will also feature Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. Cortana has a few of her major traits available to her on your wrist including answering texts, setting reminders and other small tasks that you may realize need done during your day. Don’t expect the full Cortana experience without having to pull your phone out though.
Hardware wise, the Microsoft Band 2 features a barometer for keeping track of elevation (mountain climbers and stair climbing exercises come to mind). This is interesting as it is probably something not a lot of people are going to be able to make all that much use of. For those that will be able to make use of the barometer though, I am sure it is reason to celebrate.
Along with the Microsoft Band 2 is a new version of Microsoft Health. Interestingly, this version of Microsoft Health is a universal Windows app. This gives us an idea of the technology powering the Microsoft Band 2.
You can pre-order the Microsoft Band 2 now for $249 but it won’t begin shipping out to customers till October 30th.