It was clear in 2016 that the Microsoft Band was no longer a focus for Microsoft, and now some of the last vestiges of its legacy are on the chopping block. In an email sent to Band users today, Microsoft says that it will cease support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard and applications and services on May 31. Microsoft Band apps will be removed from the Microsoft, Google Play, and Apple App stores on that date as well.
From the email:
Thank you for being a Microsoft customer and using our Band and Health Dashboard products. Today Microsoft is announcing the end of support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard applications and services.
On 5/31/2019, the Microsoft Health Dashboard site will be shut down and Microsoft Band applications will be removed from the Microsoft Store, Google Play, and Apple App Store.
The original Microsoft Band and its successor had something of a cult following after the original debuted as Microsoft's fitness wearable play in 2014. However, the line was ended without much fanfare, even as a third iteration was pretty far in development. Microsoft Band was also part of larger group of older Microsoft products that had their technical support on community forums last year.
Without a fitness wearable of its own, Microsoft has bowed out of the space as other players like Fitbit, with popular watches like the Versa and Charge 3, have continued to grow. If you're looking for a replacement for you Microsoft Band, be sure to check out our sister site iMore's roundup of the best fitness trackers.
Get Fit in Style
Fitbit's best-looking fitness tracker
The Fitbit Versa strikes a solid balance between form and function. Not only does it look sleek and stylish, but it packs Fitbit's vast array of activity tracking features while borrowing a little bit from more traditional smart watches.
Thanks, Matt, for the tip!
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Alleged source code for Windows XP exposed in 4chan leak
Alleged Windows XP source code has surfaced online after a thread on 4chan gained steam this week. If genuine, the source code could pose a security threat for any remaining Windows XP systems, particularly if they're connected to the internet.
HP updates Reverb G2 ahead of launch, preorders start shipping in November
HP is finally nearly ready to start shipping its new Reverb G2 Windows Mixed Reality headset. Those who have already preordered the $600 headset should see them arrive in November, while anyone preordering after September 24 will see headsets arrive in December.
The 300Hz display on the Razer Blade 15 is way ahead of its time
Our favorite gaming laptop now has a 300Hz display option and it's smoother than your eyes can really see.
Pump up the jam with some new PC speakers
PC speaker preferences vary from person to person, as it really depends on your rig, set up and the space restrictions of your home or apartment — not to mention your budget.