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Live near a Microsoft retail store? You may want to check it out today, as Microsoft has announced that it will be hosting fitness-focused events to celebrate the launch of the Microsoft Band. If you need more motivation, the software maker has mentioned that it will also be conducting giveaways and raffles. In addition, you can get hands-on with the new fitness tracker.

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Tonight, Microsoft unveiled their new health and fitness device dubbed Microsoft Band. You can now order it online in the US or pick it up at your local Microsoft Store starting Thursday, October 30 for $199.

How did Microsoft get to this point of entering in the brave new world of smart wearables? More importantly, what is it that they can bring to the table that other companies have not?

Luckily, Microsoft has answers for us. The company has unabashedly shared a massive 3,000-word essay about the Microsoft Band story, including its conception and development.

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Microsoft details their new Health platform

Microsoft has just announced their new fitness wearable the Band and a new platform to go along with it. Microsoft Health is a new health and fitness platform from Microsoft that will use the power of the cloud to help you live a healthier life. A new blog post from Microsoft details some of the cool features available on Health.

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Microsoft has just announced the Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health. The Microsoft Band is a fitness tracking wearable that goes on sale tomorrow for $199. You can pick it up on your local Microsoft Store or online at the Microsoft Store website. Microsoft Health is a new cloud-based service that runs the numbers from the data collected by the Microsoft Band.

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An app called 'Microsoft Band Sync' was just spotted in the Apple Mac App Store and looks to be the companion app for Microsoft's rumored wearable. We're expecting Microsoft to announce some kind of wearable within the coming weeks. Forbes recently reported that the fitness-oriented band would be coming out shortly. And just last week the device appeared to have passed FCC approval.

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Microsoft's upcoming Future Decoded event will take place in November, which will be held alongside AppsWorld. You may recall we gave away 5 tickets to the event, but fear not if you weren't lucky enough. We've teamed up with Microsoft to give three two-day tickets away (worth £1,000 each) to those who have the desire to attend both App World and Future Decoded, but don't have the funds to do so.

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Microsoft announced a three-year multimillion dollar partnership to contribute devices and cloud technology to the Special Olympics in a bid to modernize the non-profit's technology. As part of the deal, Microsoft will provide 800 Surface tablets and 1,200 Lumia smartphones to the organization to track events at the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles in addition to a financial donation.

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It is no secret at this point that the Nokia name was going to be eventually supplanted by something else. Nokia lives on as a separate company, while Microsoft takes ownership of the Lumia brand and brings the new employees into the fold.

Speculation about the name change has been going for months but on October 21, Microsoft made it official by stating the new name will go from Nokia Lumia to Microsoft Lumia.

Tonight, the Conversations blog has more on the name change, including what it all means.

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Microsoft's financial numbers for the quarter that ended September 30 revealed that the company took a hit with revenues from its Windows Phone division, as it recorded a 46 percent decrease compared to a year ago. The numbers may come as a surprise as Microsoft experienced "modest growth" in Windows Phone sales for the same quarter.

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