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Microsoft reportedly planning a Microsoft Band 2 for later this year

Important things like details are missing from the report, although it does say that "the second generation has already progressed very far" and it is being internally tested extensively.

I suppose that Microsoft releasing a second iteration of their Microsoft Band nearly one-year after the launch of the first is not news. The launch would likely coincide with the big Windows 10 push, which starts with Windows 10 for PC this summer and progress through Surface Pro 4, Mobile, Xbox One, and HoloLens throughout the rest of the year.

How could the Microsoft Band not be included in that roadmap? I think the bigger news would be that Microsoft canned the whole project.

It should be well understood at this point that the Microsoft Band is a Gen 1 device in limited quantity as Microsoft feels out the waters for wearables. The idea that any company has this stuff figured out is certainly immature. Everything from price points to features to design is all up in the air in 2015. Apple is clearly taking the high-price / 'jack of all trades' approach. FitBit is dipping its toe into the smartwatch category with Surge. Pebble is still a thing (though probably not for long) and Android Wear runs the full gamut.

At this point, Microsoft has likely taken a lot of the feedback from Band 1 and began fixing them for Band 2, which gets a more robust rollout this time around. In that sense, I expect some changes in design, more resilient materials, added features but likely the same price point.

Microsoft learned from the first generation of the Surface and Windows 8 that building something in secret does not always work out. Just read Panos Panay's mea culpa on this topic. This reason is why the Surface Pro 3 and Windows 10 is resonating so well because now the company is building the product more openly.

The same goes with Microsoft Band 2. Do a slow rollout, garner feedback, go back to the drawing board and do it bigger and better. Toss in some reactions from developers using the SDK and see what apps people are using, and you have a much better idea of how to build a successful product.

The big question I have: Will Microsoft Band 2 actually run Windows 10 or just bootstrapped firmware like the current version? You would think the a Band 2 would jump to Windows 10 for obvious reasons, but so far, we have no idea what Microsoft plans are in this regard.

Since the WinFuture.de report lacks actual details (but the idea is highly plausible), we turn to you to ask what do you want to see in the Microsoft Band 2? Do you want a greater focus on smartwatch features or health? Should Microsoft try to make it as a proper smartwatch or a wearable accessory?

Source: WinFuture.de

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

315 Comments
  • Also, can we get some Xbox One integration all up in this Band 2? Achievements and friends list need to happen ASAP.
  • What't the point of integrating xobx into a band? Just because it is another MS product it don't have to be integrated in everyone what MS develops. What colud you do on this probalbly low-res screen with your friends list? Nothing.
  • Compete for steps, share diets, and workouts. Studies have proven your friends health and diets have a huge impact on your own.
    ...
    I just want a little thinner, or same size, better battery (both is pushing it), more scratch and water resistance.
  • An Xbox fitness integration that ties in the health apps
  • The social aspect is why I still carry a Fitbit after I bought the Band.
  • Same here.
  • Ditto everyone think I am a fitness nut just enjoy the social parts on fitbit.
  • ^If this happens, I will definitely buy
  • We already have ms health
  • Tie it all together with ms health link it with Xbox fitness
  • yes deffenatly water resistant mine has gone in the shower 4 times with me, and i had to wait for it to dry for it to scroll again. OOPPSS.
  • Im getting cancer from all your misspelled words.
  • RIP
  • Haha that's funny
  • "What't the point of integrating xobx into a band?"
    Microsoft Band started in the Xbox division before becoming a standalone product. That's its DNA. It also currently has Cortana integration, which only works with Windows Phone. Reasons for Xbox integration? Fitness achievements are already a thing with Fitbit and other wearables. Microsoft already has a very, very popular Achievement system in place that has extended to media (TV) on the Xbox One. Reason 2: Microsoft Band right now lacks when compared to Fitbit because there is no social. Part of the fun of Fitbit is being able to challenge your friends, see what their stats are etc. Once again, Microsoft already has social with Xbox. Why re-invent the feature when they can just leverage existing property? Reason 3: It has nothing to do with "low res screen and friends list". It's about the companion app you run on your smartphone. Have you not used Fitbit, Pebble, Misfit, Apple Watch, etc? This stuff is not new.
  • If it's too interested though... People might think you need an Xbox, like with Xbox music and video... I agree social is important, but do you brand it Xbox or just say it's compatible with Xbox social... MS always has interesting dilemmas.
  • Just like the Cortana stuff, you mention it as a feature. They can do targeted advertising.
  • >>"Fitness achievements" Would be nice, but unfortunately it is to easy to cheat here. I found in theatre that in counts claps as steps and sometimes it even counts steps when you are in subway or in bus on bad road :(
  • When I had a FitBit, it counted steps while I was keyboarding and when I just shock my hands for a bit. The Band didn't. Any of these step tracking wearables will have phantom step counts - some more than others. As a comparison, my relative who used some kind of step counter app on his Android phone counted something like 18k steps after he went for a hike for what amounted to something like 6mi. That same day, I went for a run clocking in around 12k steps (wish I had my phone with me today, because I did a screenshot) for the same 6mi as counted by the Band AND my Nike GPS watch. So, Band is pretty accurate.
  • I'm sure Microsoft is planning a Cortana app for Apple Watch.
  • Adding Cortana access from the Microsoft Band on Android and iOS would be a good start.
  • Please let this be true.
  • Reason 4: It could be used like a controller with the Xbox, better tracking of movements and adding info from sensors to workouts in the Xbox.
  • Exactly, like we already have it on our phones.. But on the wrist too? Lol
  • If you can think of scenarios where a wearable accessory couldn't be used with an Xbox One, then, I mean, you really need to think outside of the box.
  • Outside the Xbox... right? Right? Ok, I'll leave.
  • I don't know many console gamers who get off their butts long enough to do something like "exercise."  There is another category of Xbox user that's been around since the 360 and they would fit right in with the Band. Look up the fitness app.  We do use it and we do use Kinect with it.  The Band would be a welcome addition.
  • It probably confuses you because you can't merge two independent categories into one stream like your assertion below that tech companies can't get into the health business. Gamers aren't the only ones who buy Xboxes. You know how many games I've played on my Xbox? Two. Every night, it's driving my TV. Every morning, I go through the P90X program in the fitness app. Ask WMC users what their 360's do the most.  It drives their TV watching. Gaming is its least used function in my house. Seriously, are you still trying to wrap your brain around the fact Apple, a computer company, got into music and telephones?  How about Toshiba? An electronics company that does medical, nuclear reactors, and now a leader in indoor hydroponics systems?  
  • Console gamers have thoroughly rejected unconventional accessories over and over again.
    This is not the same thing.  Nobody is suggesting making a Band that only works on the XBox.  They are suggesting making a band that ALSO works on the XBox, along with all the other platforms it currently works on.    It doesn't need critial mass console gamer approval to be effective.  
  • Yeah, all those Wii accessories failed too. (sarcasm)
  • wpkevin, you're thinking about this from a gamer's perspective, but that would not be the target (I'm a gamer, but also use a FitBit -- our company gives us financial credit for steps taken as part of keeping us healthy and productive). Wearables for fitness with social metrics for competing with friends is an existing market unto itself. At the same time Microsoft has the best (or at least one of the best) existing achievement and competitive systems through X-Box. Surely, there is a way to harness that existing capability and make the case to the market of people who are interested in social and competitive aspects of fitness wearables that the Microsoft Band is at least a contender in this area. Right now, it's not. That's a huge wasted and missed opportunity. In other words, Daniel is exactly, 100% correct.
  • Really? so if they sold xbox with kinect as the same price as without then is it rejected? It was as much a price issue to competing platforms and its value added perception that was the driver of this sentiment. Most people who have it like it. I think iphones are way overpriced but am I saying they are bad or rejected by 85% of SP users?  
  • It can give you Xbox Notifications.Like Read messages and send voice,text messages.
  • At BUILD Microsoft talked about APIs that allow you to use the Band as a game controller, they had a little demo game that moved when you moved your arms. Think arms out out like your flying, to fly a plane in a game. However, I don't think the demo was practical, it does show that the API's are there in Windows 10 for real time communication between the systems.
  • Pong
  • The MS health app could have acheivements, you could reply to messages from friends, or read them, accept or reject reiend requests. Looks like your 'Nothing' is really something isn't it.
  • Xbox fitness.  Take a look at it. I'd buy this band today if there were an app on the Xbox you could snap that relayed all the sensor data, particularly heartbeat to the snap in.
  • I would love achievements. Studies have shown that when you tack on achievements/rewards to daily life activities, people tend to complete them with more success. Achievement to run 1 mile, then 5, then 10? There will be those who will strive toward the goal. Achievement to wake up early and go for a jog. They have these in video games and people spend countless hours trying to climb the tallest tower (borderlands) or kill two people while jumping in mid-air (COD)
  • You do not want it so nobody should have it? All the tiles are options that are turned on and off on the phone. If you don't want it then don't add it - that simple. But if we had your way, then those who would want to see when others get an achievement, when others are online and ready to play, etc. wouldn't have the ability to because you don't see the point of it. You also don't see the point of integrating all MS products. And yet, people whine and complain because MS products are not as integrated as their competitors. But when there is the opportunity there to do so, then people whine and complain that they may be integrated.
  • Leaderboards and achievements for steps, calorie goal etc
  • Waterproof is all i ask
  • That + Thinner (it's hard to to use with some clothing) and a scratch resistant screen (from normal use, my screen looks like I've grabbed a set of keys and tried to engrave everyone's name on it.) And I just rest my wrists when typing.  Yet my L1020, has fallen fat face on Asphalt and gravel and looks as if I've just bought it. 
  • The first thing I did was put a screen protector on my Band. The screen protector as taken a beating but my band looks great.
  • Waterproof, yes! If I want a fitness tracker I want it to track everything I do including my swimming.
  • Waterproof, please!!!  I am Korean but I will not ask for Korean language support. Just waterproof plesae!!!!
  • As a developer, I am planning to integrate all of my applications into the Band to put it to use on your wrist. (Examples: Tuning your guitar or bass, metronome speeds, tablature, or looking at concerts in your area)
  • Does this mean that you believe a health "band" it is proper direction to continue in to give it a chance? Or do you think that even health fanatics will tire of this? This could be like every other piece of exercise equipment. They keep selling, marketers continue to make money, but they collect dust after purchase.
  • I disagree, it may always be a niche product but that is hardly reason to stop development. We have no idea how much development costs to assume that it is a waste. We also have no idea how much they make off of the product and what their long term vision is. Researchers are always working with experts in different fields, thats how things progress faster. If companies didnt collaborate, or spread out to new things much of modern life would be impossible. Collaboration is a powerful tool that only fools ignore.
  • "Tech companies don't know enough about health to make health bands." Because companies worth $400 billion couldn't possibly hire a doctor or an army of physcial specialists for consultation. Have you even walked into a hospital in the last forty years?  Look around, it's tech everywhere.
  • Oh really? Panasonic has been making medical equipment for decades. Sony makes one of the best VR headsets used in medical along with surgical cameras they've made for years. Microsoft? Look up Microsoft Almaga. General Electric, in the business for decades. Toshiba, ditto.      
  • Oh, so a company can buy or hire health professionals, add them to the payroll and have a working health department that shut people like you up.   Who'd have thought?  Oh yea, I did, in the initial response.
  • If you have seen any of Microsoft's research videos, they do seem to be activity developing health care related products.  Which I can understand.  The health care industry is huge and worth billions of dollars of sales.    
  • Agree on the main point. It should not become a smart watch and focus on the health stuff with some alerts. In this light the 'band' shape is perfect as this shape does not try to be a watch and is elegant. A watch would have been nerdy, the band with this shape clearly has a different reason to be on the wrist, and is comfortable. My stance would be to refine the present functions. A bit more vibrating alerts would be fine to have, but not to take action on the band, just to have a glance at the reason of the alert. I have deleted my Runtastic account as it is great to have all the health stuff in one location, and running with the band is way better than with the phone. Its good enough to see the run afterwards on a map, not needed during the run and just taking the band is easier running anyway. YAY for Amazon shipping all over Europe to get it.
  • Yeah, not a fad and I don't believe many people are buying smart watches for "street cred". You're not into a Smart Watch because you haven't found your personal use case for one. If you were to walk around with one for a couple weeks and actually use it, I guarantee you'd change your tune. Here's the thing, the cell phone has essentially replaced wrist watches for a lot of people. Nowadays, you see people pull out their phone just to see what time it is. It's kind of silly that it is pretty much a pocketwatch of yesteryears. Got a text, pull out the phone. Email alert, pull out the phone. Phone ringing, pull out the phone to check the caller ID and decide if you should take the call right now, or maybe silence it, or maybe ignore it and send a quick text reply that you're in a meeting and will call back in 15min. Scheduled appointment alarm went off, pull out the phone. How much have you walked today so far, pull out the phone. Need to set a 30min timer for that parking meter, pull out the phone. Need to schedule an appointment before you forget, pull out the phone. Now, if you had a SmartWatch, you'd pull out the phone far less often for little things. The ability to read an incoming text itself is a huge deal for me. For my wife and pretty much all women, the phone in the purse means they will not hear your call or text, however when that alert vibrates on their wearable they'll get it. Anyways, I suggest you give it a try. You're just ignorant about its use, and I don't mean that as an insult, really.
  • I don't think you know what street cred means. It doesn't mean bragging, enlightenment or those who do not are peasants. No one is looking for acceptance when wearing one of these - maybe the Apple Watch guys, but having a Band is not about being cool. I gave you real world uses where your smartphone is used for more than Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - not everyone is still in high school. Tell me you don't actually send text messages on it, really. Or, how you don't use the scheduler. It's about convenience, but you're not there yet. You believe it's a fad, but given time, you'll change your mind. I'm not here to change your mind, so keep that phone in hand or in your pocket for the next FB notification, the next Instaphoto of your lunch, and the next tweet about nothing. The point is, you're using your phone they way you're using it which will be unique to you. I've just given examples of where it can help a user and if you're so narrow minded to see that, then there's no point in having a discussion. Or you're just trolling and I fed you. MSN Messenger watch, haha. Bring up 10yr old tech without the infrastructure today or the costs involved. That was a dumb example.
  • wpkeven is, as usual, just provoking for responses. Thing is, he often has some valid points, but they are all too sadly drowned in bullshit and hyperbola.
  • I don't remember wpkeven saying anything about smooth geometric curves. The bullshit I saw though.
  • For the price it is the next one should have lte(similar to gear s)
  • How about Xbox Fitness integration?
  • I have limited knowledge of SIM tech but I really would like some sort of temporary SIM info handoff to wearables that gives the wearable the ability to recieve text msgs for the duration of my run/bike- an old school pager function.  Ultimately I really would like the Band to house the SIM but take calls and every "smart" funtions from whatever device i have it bridged with.  For example, If I have a mobile device with me, it would be the device to use for phone/vid calls or app use, or internet browsing.  If I'm near the xbox, surface, desktop, and phone...then have option to take calls from which ever device is best for that communication/transaction to take place.  The Band should be simple to be smart - SIM, sensors, battery.  The Band will rule them all!
  • I like it! Seems like a great idea if the tech gets small enough. All the more reason why I believe the band 2 will be Win10 but the IoT flavor.
  • We will probably see something like Band/Fitbit Surge hybrid realistically.  The sensors will be tweaked but comfort and battery will definately be addressed.  I dont mind the display to be e-ink or whatever the Surge display is.  The Band works hard enough, it doesnt need to try too hard the way Apple Watch is.  I think connected to wearable app is smarter than wearable app.
  • Hell yes to Xbox integration.
  • I've been dying to buy a Band, but already figured a Band 2 is coming so I've been holding off (unless I can get one super cheap). Uggg...
  • Why doesn't the app store have a category for band apps?
  • I think the biggest question about the band is, will they actually promote it in the states? and will they ACTUALLY RELEASE IT GLOBALLY? This is the zune all over again, small scale American only release, how'd that do, i remember having to drive down to Bellingham, to pick up a Zune 80 as they only launched it Canada a year late and then discontinued the Canadian supply channels within 6 months. If they dont market it to the world, this is forever a niche within the niche that is smartwatches.
  • Exactly. Many in the US don't realise how non-existent the Zune was Worldwide. The same thing with Band... I will buy one if they just release the damn thing
  • The Zune had a small avability period in Canada and the UK I think that's all iirc. In Canada as i said its availability lasted like 6months only the Zune 80 and 120 we got. Even when I go to the states no one knew what a Zune was at best buy
  • Yes! Something I can waste my money on And feel good about!
  • True
  • Yup, I'm waiting.
  • Announcing it earlier doesn't always really work. The rivals will prepare a counter attack for that
  • If everyone though is iterating on a yearly basis, not sure it really matters. Practically all of these 'heart rate' monitors are all using the same outsourced technology anyway. Microsoft has one big leverage point that no one can really attack or counter attack on: Windows 10 and everything it entails, including Xbox One, PC, mobile.
  • On the hem hardware there are two big manufacturers. Mio and Valencell. I believe the Band is using Valencell. I wish they would use mio as it is much more accurate. Alsomthey should borrow the rubber surround idea from the Garmin 225.
  • That leaves me questioning how feasible it may be to have Windows 10 IoT Core running on the band 2? I looked into that and the "Athens" SKU of their WIndows 10 IoT seems to fit the needs of a device such as the Band. But then I read about .Net Micro Framework and that also is designed for wearable's and smaller sensors. Do you know if the Band 1 is running Windows Embedded Compact or Net Micro Framework?
  • They announced?
  • Nobody announced. Read the article please. :3
  • I'm throwing my money at my screen, but I still can't get the first one in Canada.
  • Right? I am hoping the next one is going to be available in more than just two countries. I am also hoping it is less "handcuff" and more "watch"
  • I was going to Murica in a couple weeks to try them on a MS store to see which one fits best.   Now this!  I might just have wait now. :-\
  • I know!!!   They're talking about releasing version 2 and I've still never even seen a version 1.  Does it even really exist? Or is this just a massive social experiment that looks at how people react when they can't have what they want?
  • The Band has a lot of potential. It can only get better from here. Also would want it to be more comfortable to wear.
  • Bingo! A thinner band would be awesome!
  • Thinner would help, but one that is more fitted to the wrist. They tried to pack all the electronics into a narrow form-factor and it ended up long and flat. They could make it wider (think Surge or Garmin) and still have plenty of room.
  • Yes more form fitting band too. I'd also like the screen to be rotated but I do kind of like the inner wrist aspect
  • Nooooooo.
    I already had to drive to the US to get my band this month, but this is the risk I was willing to take. Now I only need to milk my band as much as I can and reap all its benefits before jumping on the next one.
  • Hope you bought the extended warranty. It may come in handy when the 2 comes out.
  • Microsoft band is the most useful wearable gadget
  • Bait
  • They didn't produce a ton, yet it was on backorder for months. Useless comment.
  • So, you mean if MS Band sold a bunch, but Apple sold a ton, then MS will just abandon the Band? Dude, the Band sold enough to deplete their inventory. That usually means it sold well. That addresses the first part of your original comment. To address the second part, Apple WILL sell tons, but that doesn't mean that MS will abandon the watch/band. If that were the case, Windows Phone should have already been abandoned. Still useless comment.
  • Curved screen with gorilla glass and waterproofing. That's all I think it needs before I import one. I like the idea of the band OS being simple. If it can be the best fitness tracker and a good cell phone companion it would be perfect Imo.
  • And make it thinner. Thinner with curved screen and waterproof would answer most of my complaints.
  • A lot of that thickness is the battery space, thinner means less battery time (I.e. Apple watch)
  • If they made it wider, it wouldn't have to be so "flat and long". It could reduce the length and be more comfortable on the wrist. The fit is my biggest peeve about it.
  • Relocate that heartrate sensor to the outside as well.
  • I think that they can make the battery as an annular extension to the band (I.e. It adds to the width of the band rather than thickness). It would be very cool if you could hot swap/ extend it by adding an additional battery ring.
  • Agreed. It does more than any other wearable right now. If they can make it a little smaller, or curved a bit, them my wife would love it! In sure other women would agree that it looked a little funny on their smaller wrists.
  • ^Do all of that, and I'm sold
  • I would hope they could figure out a better material for the metal areas since the corrosion has made charging difficult
  • Waterproof, please!!!  I am Korean but I will not ask for Korean language support. Just waterproof plesae!!!!
  • Canadian Availability, i'd buy one now if i could get it here...
  • Rather than making it a fashion accessory make it complement your existing devices...Tight integration with all devices now that Cortana is going cross platform...give a little larger display with the existing sensors and a bigger battery if possible...primarily a health accessory with some functionality of a smartwatch using Cortana...better open up the platform to the developers and let them and the users eventually figure out what they gonna use it for...for all these it has to run Windows 10...maybe the lightweight IOT version
  • I'd settle for just using the existing sensors. Things like skin temp and response haven't been addressed yet (except by 3rd party)
  • I think that was part of the testing, what do you want apps to do with that data, or are those sensors unnecessary in gen2
  • Very much interested in a Microsoft Luxury SmartWatch with at least 48Hrs battery life.
  • It needs to have more smartwatch capabilities and also, tune up the health side (which is already good); a slimmer design (but that should be a lot more complex), and, just for fun, Windows 10 (at least some core elements and stuff), that would be interesting and for connectivity, it would be easier to use the Band with Phone, PC, etc.
  • They need to put Voice,
  • And a bigger screen
  • What do you mean "voice"? It already has a microphone for Cortana integration. You want a speaker in a wearable? That cannot possibly sound good with today's tecnnology.
  • Windows 10 on Band? That'd be cool. Hope they launch in other countries too like India & Brazil etc. rather than US and UK only.
  • Yeah...please say that they will launch it in other countries and i'll start saving from this very moment :O
  • No just keep it a companion with the smallest foot print allowing for health and alerts, see above. besides the phone, maybe its a good idea to allow connections to all BT devices one can have, prioritised to phone if available. The sync from phone to web is pretty much live.
  • One Microsoft/One Windows
  • Maybe I'll buy a Band 2.
  • I don't know if I'm being naïve here, but will the band 2 have to stick to this shape? (long, thin rectangle) because apps and such will be optimised for this shape, but it is a shape which is hard to make look elegant and instead is based around ergonomics, anyone?
  • The shape could be adapted, curved around the wrist contour like the Gear Fit does. That's a very elegant design in the same basic shape
  • i agree, i think a more square design would win me over. As its meant to be a watch too.   at least thats what i would want it to be!
  • But then it would not be a "band" anymore. It would become a watch. And it is called Microsoft band for a reason. They can't possibly call it band 2 and shape it like a watch. They hate because of that will just kill the product. I think they will stick with it being a band design. Just way cooler.
  • That's a fair point actually!
  • I'd honestly rather not see one for a little while. I mean, I'm getting my own Band in less than a month as a graduation present, and I'd rather not lose out on a Band 2 just because I decided not to wait a month. I'd much rather have to wait at least six months between getting mine and the new one's being announced.
  • A little selfish of an attitude. Equally selfish: I want Band 2 soon because my Band 1 is starting to get beat up
  • I doubt you will see a new Band within a few months.
  • There's always eBay or Craigslist. ;-)
  • Knowing their recent track record...,   It's going to be a cheap, budget version for the mass market. Black and White E-ink on a plastic Swatch band.
  • Like the current one?
  • I lol'd.
  • Can they really change much other than the design? I mean isn't this thing already chock full of sensors? Other than actually putting Windows 10 on there, I would think that almost any improvements would be done on the backend with the Microsoft Health app / services. I could be wrong! My Band is scheduled for delivery today so I haven't even had a chance to really work with it yet.
  • Absolutely. They can improve the screen, make it waterproof, add a speaker (I'm not really advocating this), better battery, better processor. A more comprehensive Health app would also be welcomed. Things like the galvanic and UV sensors aren't really leveraged at the moment. 
  • Well that all factors into the design. None of what you mentioned (screen, waterproofing, etc..) is just the build quality / design. I mean is there going to be anything that the current iteration wouldn't be able to take advantage of? Couldn't new features *theoretically* still be brought to the current Band? I'm not saying they would do it but is there anything standing in the way of that?
  • Ahh, so you mean additional capabilities. I would say that's a bit more limited, but it still exists. NFC, WiFi, and a microphone. But honestly out of all that NFC is the only one that I can see being worthwhile in the near term. 
  • Yeah. All the necessary sensors are there. Better screen, waterproof and all that can be extras.. I just hope the band2 OS can be updated on the band1 too. It will be super.!!
  • A speaker of some sort would be great. Also, would love to have Live Tiles.
  • I think the dimensions are OK.  A little thinner would be ideal.  What it really needs is better waterproofing and a clasp redesign.  No good for tri-athletes.  I have had issues getting the clasp to stay tight as well. The other item is more partners within the Vault health app arena.  Too many fragmented healthcare portals at present.
  • Could you have a defect clasp, or maybe sand in it? its so perfect with the easy adjustment, can't imagin any more comfort than this clasp provides.
  • Longer battery life. Mine charges enough while I'm in the shower to last a day easily (including an hour-long workout), but I could never consider taking it on a weekend camping trip, or a week-long vacation without bringing a charging cord. Plus, a decent trade-up program for Band 1.
  • Put me down for 2 of next gen. Im loving my Band V1, but add longer battery, storage for music & music app, support BT headset and make waterproof. Include those and its perfect..
  • Storage for music and a player piping it to my headset would really mean that I can finally leave the phone at home for a run.
  • 100% Agreed! I love my band, but wish it had Bluetooth headphone support and internal storage...so I could leave the phone behind on runs.
  • I had a Band and really liked the functionality. It was just too uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time. I hope they make it more comfortable perhaps with some kind of curved display.
  • I almost bought a Band last night. I need 2.0 a bit sooner than later this year lol.
  • They need to fix the charging port flaw in the first generation. It starts to bubble up after some use and eventually opens up exposing the electric contacts below it. As that happens the band stops connecting to the PC properly to sync or charge, taking many attempts to finally start charging and if lucky syncing up. I have had 3 bands so far that has this issue, waiting on 4th replacement now. I do clean the contacts before charging it but that hasn't helped.
  • How often do you wash your Band? I had a similar problem, but around the HR plate. When I got my replacement, I wash my Band every day or so because I'm thinking the salinity from my sweat was eating away the coating.
  • I don't wash it but I think what you are saying is correct. I bike/jog/sprint and I sweat a lot. I still think they need to have a better charging port, a micro usb with a cap is fine for this I think.
  • SEE, THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I DECIDED TO WAIT. I knew the second I bought one they were gonna announce a new one
  • And the moment you buy V2, they'll announce V3, welcome to technology.
  • This is normal.  You can't wait forever. 
  • The band is awesome. I like my android wear better... But some tweaking to the band could put it in top.
  • I have the Band and I like it's simplicity.  I don't want, nor do I need apps on my Band.  It does exactly what I want.  I don't think it's too heavy, plus I disagree on the curved screen. Waterproof is all I'd ask for, and maybe a few more customization options.
  • Lastly they should sell this worldwide.
  • I am hoping that V2 will be much more available, otherwise it will not be very successful.
  • It probably will. Only US guinea pigs were used in v1.
  • What one wished to have in MS BAnd is really something wearable. Present model feels really akward nd unpleasant. It should be more square. That's all what I wish. I attempted to purchase it two times and two times I said "I can't possibly wear it all day long". Second, battery life is more important than multitude of functions.
  • I wear it all day long...for almost an year now.
  • I would like to see more health integration and roll Microsoft health applications merged into one app. I'd like to see diabetes management tools in the Band2 like Apple is doing with the watch and insulin pumps and CGM devices.
  • This very good news! A flagship device and a new MS Band... Christmas shopping this year will be easy... :D
  • Did you know, Skype supported on Apple watch but not on Microsoft band.
  • Apple Watch runs apps (kinda), Microsoft Band does not. They are technically two different product categories: one is a smartwatch, the other fitness/companion wearable.
  • ?? Microsoft Band also designed to grabs notifications from your phone, not just for fitness, it just need to grabs Skype notifications, your phone Skype app will do all the heavy lifting.
  • Isn't the W10 messaging app integrated with Skype? If so, I'd think you'll get Skype messages on the Band. Even now, wouldn't you get Skype notifications on the Band if you've enabled the Notifications tile on the Band?
  • I get Skype notifications on my Microsoft Band.
  • No. I get Skype notifications on my Microsoft Band. You don't? Regarding phone calls: a Band has no speakers so making phone calls is impossible anyway.    
  • The real question for me is if the Band 2 will stay as fitness Band or it will convert into a Smartwatch. I do not see Microsoft staying out of the Smartwatch market for much longer especially with the IoT ready Windows 10. So are we seeing a Band 2 along a different Smartwatch wearable or Band 2 will eventually evolve into a Windows 10 based Smartwatch?  
  • The Band should STAY as Band! LOL. but i wouldnt want a smartwatch, i thought the Surge would be a competitor for band, but that thing sucks.
  • So I got mine in December with the 20 dollar replacement warranty thing. I'm pretty sure mine will last until then, but the underside bezel (around the charging contacts) is having some serious corrosion issues. So my question is: If this thing lasts until then, and I go in for a replacement, do you think they'll do good by us first-gen pioneers and give me the Band 2? Or am I looking at another Band 1? Also, has anyone purchased one of the newer production Band 1? Did they fix some of the manufacturing/material issues?
  • They will replace it with another Band 1. That's how warranties always work.
  • Exercised the warranty on my Lumia 920. Got a Lumia 1520 back. It all depends on what's is in stock. Production on the first gen is already very limited. My guess is they'll try and kill off what little stock they have within the next few months with sales in preperation for the new ones to come out. They may also offer trade-ins like they do with the Surface line.
  • my plan is to use my warranty and sell the new one on ebay.  lol
  • I can't knock it. I think, for me, it'll depend on how much (or if even) Microsoft will offer a trade in value. 
  • Band 1 was basically a beta form. I'll trade mine for a new one since the band is getting worn out. The strap is coming apart. Trade that in and put the new one on eBay. Wait a month until the release day and use that money to get a new one. I'd rather trade it in early when there are any news on Band 2 yet
  • Hope we get a more comfortable band to wear. Though the band has great features.
  • Sure hope the next version looks more like a watch...a la Apple Watch. The fitness band design is ok but I'd rather have a smartwatch design.
  • No way!
  • It wont be a "band" then. It would become a watch. I doubt they would do that. The "band" design will stay on the Microsoft Band 1,2,3.... :)
  • I sure don't hope so. Smartwatch design has to many flaws to be a Fitness device.
  • Damn band 2, we dont even have the first one in canada.
  • Cross the border Yo!
  • my expectation from next MS band 1- circle is better 2-waterproof 3-more sensors 4-be worldwide not only us 5- better battery
  • Maybe they could add Oxygen Saturation, and Blood Pressure? Yes, they have blood pressure monitors that you hold that can take the reading. I'm not sure if it would be possible to incorporate into the band though.... However, it needs to have some new tech to separate it from the ME TOO'S....
  • Music controls. A decent fit. And availability near me, bl**dy hell! :-)
  • I hope it looks better
  • Just what I was hoping to hear. Waiting for Windows 10 Mobile flagship device and was hoping a MS Band 2.0 would be out in the same time frame.
  • They should keep it focused as a fitness band first, smart watch second. That's the biggest complaint I've heard of the Apple Watch. It seems like not even Apple knows exactly what it's for. The Microsoft Band, on the other hand, has a very specific purpose. I'm just waiting for a slightly thinner, more water resistant version before I buy into it.
  • I wouldn't mind it slightly wider, more rounded but thinner.
  • Patiently waiting for more info.... Who am I kidding? I'll buy I as soon as it hits the shelves. 2015 is going to be an expensive year I guess :)
  • Gotta say I really like the band the way it is. Having an Xbox app that works maybe like a controller like on smartglass could be cool. I see my friends login via the notifications app thanks to the smartglass app on my phone. Social competitive like on fit it and nike fuel would be great and integration to talk to both would be WONDERFUL no need to wear or get those devices it all syncs to those apps. Better battery yes I'm on board, micro USB charging sure why not , better water resistance YES!! At least to just wear in the shower, like a fit it can. I would like to have the ability to add more titles on my band, if I want all the apps showing on my band, why not let me see then and rib them all. Things not needed, being able to answer and talk with it on the phone like the apple watch, turn by turn nav. Might be useful but not needed. Over all they got a good thing working here, dont over do it with more things we don't need.
  • Water resistant for sure. Maybe a squarer design or round, I would prefer square with 4tiles or resizable to 1large tile. But I'm asking too much. Water resistant a must.
  • Water resistant but not at the expense of microphone.
  • I am watch virgin and with ms band I still stay watch virgin! Using it everyday for run and bike...second one should be waterproof so can use for swim....
  • Literally just bought the band 1 in the uk... Lets hope this won't actually surface for a while yet...
  • I would like to see a trade up program say 50 bucks to trade up to second gen.
  • As a Microsoft enthusiast, I feeling like im just beta testing products. Zune, WP 7, windows 8, Ms band, win rt, Cortana, office mobile apps, etc.
  • Yeah everyone else here too.
  • How about Band and Band XL. The Band will focus on health only while the Band XL will be more a smartwatch.
  • It wont be a band then if it becomes a watch.
  • Yeah well the current band tells time and then some.
  • I was going to get a Microsoft Band this June but now read this I guess I have to wait til later this year for the 2nd Gen. I really would like to see a curved display though.
  • Sucks for them to just now get wider availability and possibly launch the second Gen :/ oh well I'll definitely be buying a second gen
  • Double tap to wake and screen protected by gorilla glass 4 are the most required features. Other than if there can be an option to bypass your login on a Windows 10 pc or phone when your band is around would be nice.
    Should be waterproof too and shock resistant.
  • About functionability, for me, now, is excellent. I would love a better design and more colors to add that "fashion" part. I use my Microsoft Band all time on my right wrist and my regular Watch on the left. I think I´m the only one with this device in Mexico.
  • You probably are haha, I'll be visiting Mexico next month though, so that will make two of us in the entire country :P
  • I've actually been waiting for this. I always but v2 of everything MS makes.
  • Just a few suggestions... Gorilla Glass. Water resistance (don't have to be able to go deep sea diving but would be nice to survive being dunked in the kitchen sink while doing the dishes). More durable band/strap (already showing wear on mine). Option to wear it with the buttons on top.
  • I would love better materials.  That is really all I ask for; I am pretty darn happy with the Band otherwise.  My father-in-law in Australia bought one during his las visit here to the U.S. over Christmas and just mailed his Band back to me to try and exchange for a new one because the rubber coating over the batteries has worn off.  Now, I am starting to notice the samet thing on my Band that I bought on the day they went on sale.  Improve the rubber coating somehow and make the screen more scratch-resistant and I'll be happy with Band 2.
  • Look forward to seeing what tech they can cram into it. It's already the best thing out there. MS going to be bossing it when Windows 10 gets released. This, new Lumia's, Surface Pro 4 and more. Gonna be a good year.
  • As a current MS Band user, here are my suggestions for improvement of what I think is already an EXCELLENT device: 1) Make it waterPROOF!  If Timex can make a watch waterproof for up to 200 meters, I should be able to swim in my pool with my MS Band.  This would open the fitness up to swimming and aqua-sports apps. 2) Rotate the screen 90 derees so it can be worn like a real watch and make it rotate like the WinPhone screen so it can be worn on either the left or right hand.  Also, make the screen a litle bigger for the touch-type keyboard.  The width of the screen is perfect, but the height could be doubled without causing too much of a problem. 3) Replace plastic screen with brushed aluminum to hide scratches and fingerprints.  In other words, make the band look like a piece of jewelry, not like a device a parolled prisoner who is on home detention would wear.  It's a GREAT device, but for God sakes, can we make it look pretty enough to beat the look of the Apple Watch!? 4) Increase the personalization of the band screen through Health App, more wallpapers, colors, etc. Other than these, I'm a VERY satisfied MS Band user and will definitely purchase the Band 2 when it comes out.  Hopefully, it will look a LOT nicer!
  • Awesome suggestions!
  • I agree with all you've said here and I would just add better screen responsiveness when your fingers have moisture (as when running, walking or exercising) on them. I've found that the band doesn't recognize taps on the back button or swipes very well when I'm sweating. Also, I'd like the display when you're walking or running to be able to optionally display other information, for instance steps taken, steps taken on this walk, steps per mile etc.
    Oh, and others have noted, Gorilla Glass screen.
  • A bigger screen, more watch like. Maybe two different types one like the current band and another like a watch with live tiles
  • World wide?
  • My wishlist:
    1. Waterproof housing, scratch-resistant screen
    2. More comfortable to wear - better 'wrapped' around the wrist
    3. More like a proper smartwatch, than a fitness band
    4. Higher quality of materials used - magnesium perhaps?
    5. Either very closely tied to the phone's OS (notifications, reminders, alarms, handling messages/calls with a BT headset) or completely autonomous operation (built-in LTE conectivity, tethering enabled)
  • Sometimes...okay many times the Kinect doesn't hear you correctly, it would be awesome to say commands or control Xbox dashboard for basic tasks with the band. Oh yeaa!!
  • I want styles. Like the apple watch.
  • Sweet!
  • A more comfortable form factor. I LOVED all the aspects about the Band, it just wasn't comfortable after a while. That's my only concern with it.
  • "...which gets a more robust rollout this time."
    I sure hope so. :)
  • Better materials would be good but overall I love my band. Just wish I actually used it for fitness. One day, eh? :P
  • Haha, yes, we are the guinea pigs, great for a while and then it gets old.
  • The smartband should feature the hey Cortana feature( at least for phones without hey Cortana and as an added feature and for faster interaction) should be available worldwide and have a nice price tag, one that won't shake my pockets so hard, should have a better design
  • Instead of releasing band 2. Try to make the MS band available to around the world.
  • I don't think there will be a runtime on the band for devs to run tasks on, it would just eat up too much battery. The battery life is one of my favorites features of the band
  • I want it to exercise for me with me getting all the benefits of said exercise. 
  • Needs media control (play, pause, etc) for those of use using Bluetooth.
    Also needs camera shutter control integrated as a native fun too.
    Finally make it water proof and more durable. Think they pretty much got everything else in the bag imo.
  • Integration with hololens,Xbox,PC. Water proof ,and thin, I will probably never buy it. But those who do buy it should not regret it.
  • Microsoft needs to just license the software and tech to watch makers such as Citizen, Timex, Fossil and Rolex.
  • Haven't they sort of already done this? Aren't most of the features licensable? I may be wrong, but I thought part of the Health launch was that the sensors used in the Band (that push data to Health) are available to use?
  • Exactly that. But no one was interested.
  • I would quite like to see a bigger, squarer display with glance screen support so that time can be constantly shown. With regards to Xbox, I genuinely think that the band could contain basic TV remote controls - I'm mainly thinking of volume here - so that if a user wants to turn the volume down in-game, they just quickly use their wrist rather than search for, grab and use the remote. Would need IR capabilities for that. The design could be less bulky and maybe have a bit more of a premium feel, there was a mock Surface Watch ad for April Fools that had aluminium around the edge of the screen - that'd be quite nice, although potentially scratch-prone. Wouldn't say it should be too premium, though; it should maintain a reasonably low price tag compared to competitors (thinking of a particular smartwatch here). Basically, something that can compete better with the Apple Watch in terms of form and functionality, without the massive price tag and without losing the core of Microsoft Band; health and fitness.   Whether or not that is actually achievable is another question though!
  • All I want is band1 to get the OS update of band2.
  • I would like to see several updates to the current Band before the release of a new version. There are simple things that should be improved, like when you clear an alert or read a message on your phone it should clear the alert on your band. They could make a small icon on the home screen of the Band that show you which functions have an alert., so you don't have to swipe all of the way right to see that there is an alert on that specific box or program. I am just asking for more frequent updates to the current Band. ​
  • Make it available in more countries, please!
  • They need to implement some sort of activity reminders. Walk Reminders works, but is really inelegant. Music control (even just simple bluetooth ones) would be great. I don't know how this isn't a thing yet, it doesn't need to be complex, just standard next back and play bluetooth controls. Also, they need to rework notifications so that ALL (inclusing SMS) get pushed through upon reconnect. I've noticed that if the Band is disconnected and then reconnects, it will get mail and other notifications, but will not get texts. Lastly, I'd love to see them go with a different display. Maybe something like the e-ink on the Pebble to get great battery life. For this sort of wearable, it really just need enough color to customize. Scratch proofing that screen would be great as well. And this doesn't really count, but I'm on my second one where the charging port is a little... bubbly? So they could get that fixed as well. That said... for a first gen device, that is a pretty short list. All but the screen/battery/charging port could be done with software. After using the Band since launch I really feel like it does enough. It is useful, and it is useful enough given the price. If Microsoft made a more feature complete Apple Watch type device... I don't think I would really use it. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd buy one just because. I'm still sort of shocked the reply keyboard (which is AMAZING) came before some of the more basic features I mentioned.
  • I think the Gen1 has a weired form factor. I mean it is horizontal and buttons do not turn when your wrist faces your face! they should make it vertical when going through the menu screen! also, it would be very useful if they made it waterproof for swimming. I think the idea of watch is not a good idea, but a health and assistant or shortcut to your everyday messages could be a success if only it was made a bit pretty! maybe a curved gorrilla screen?or maybe a rotating screen so you can read stuff from it without looking like superman with the fist up in front of your face! or what about different colours - materials? aluminium?
  • Dan, thank for posting this.  What I think is important is that we, as the user-base, need to give feedback to the next gen of product.  Dan would it be permissible to link to the official MSB User Voice page so that people can provide that feedback? There's alot of good comments above, would hate to lose that energy and perspective simply because someone or some people at MS didn't come here to read them.
  • Yeah, been meaning to do that. Will try to get that posted later today.
  • Sign me up day one for a Band 2. I wanted an original but held off in hopes that a newer one would release in the not too distant future. Can't wait for specs.
  • SInce win10 IoT IS a thing I dont see why MS Band2 wont have win10 and deeper integration.  I've been thinking of shelling out for a Gen1 but... I might just wait.  My phone contract is up around about the time the new flagships are coming out anyway :D
  • Was gonna buy a band later this year.. May as well wait to find out a release date
  • I want the band to be waterproof so that i can use it in the swimming pool to better track my improvements in the water! Damn it!! Why is it so hard to understand that swimmers need a health tracking device too?!
  • More interested in the health feature since my phone is always close by.
  • Wish list: Thinner, but wider to compensate lack of space, curved screen, waterproof, scratch resistance glass, vibrant OLED screen with Glance, Hand-off like feature with calling support, smarter and more integrated with Windows devices, moar API. Ok I know it's too much to ask.
  • I wish the Band 2 is available on more countries and that we can swap it's straps, like, one with those health sensors or a plain one/more confortable/customizable strap if you intend to wear the Band more like a smartwatch (eg: companion band where you'd check some notifications of your phone without unlocking it).
  • Have Americans finished alpha testing gen 1 then?
    Cool. Wonder if the feedback included making it less, well, offender-y. And upping the production run so they have some inventory to sell outside the US.
    Not that it matters - it's the same old MS story; better product than the competition let down and failed by shithouse marketing.
  • Microsoft Band is way off with the heart rate when on tread mill. At rest it shows correctly. I want MS to do a better job with the Band 2, atleast it should do the stuff its designed for. I cant beleive MS did not test the band for tread-mill usage. Its a $200 piece of junk when i have to wear the chest band everytime i run. It defeats the purpose of having one wearable device that tracks it all.
  • It was accurate for me up to about 165bpm. I checked against a Polar chest strap and the treadmill itself. Just my experience.
  • A proper smartwatch is what a I need, I hope they do that this time around, they can release a band and a watch version
  • Anyone else want a camera so they can make video calls like in spy movies?
  • I think it will be about apps and integrating it to the windows 10 app store, things like waterproof, battery time, wireless payments etc
  • I want a Microsoft Belt, to wear it over my fat belly.
  • About appearance,curved display for better ergonomic design,and IP67 standard.
  • Isn't the current model met IP67 standard?
  • Unfortunetly no
  • According to WinFuture.de the Band 2 will be released first in Europe.
  • Oh. Well there goes any credibility that site had.
  • And the 2nd generation is mine.
  • I really hope it has a higher resolution screen. Most people were fine with this one but it caused me a lot of eye strain. I want one badly but I will have to wait for a better display.
  • Full fledged capabilities of a smartwatch, make it lighter and less bulkier, make the display a bit round to keep the shape completely beautiful. bigger display, Windows 10 in it, waterproof, 1 week battery.
  • Can we get a release in Canada???
  • A customer that works for MS in Redmond says that the second band should be thinner by 50% lighter and somewhat bigger canvas to use.. Btw she has a Nokia that is solid chrome and says property of Microsoft.. Loved it.... It looks like my icon.. But all chrome
  • Band 2?  I hate it because I just know the Band 2 will quickly make my Band look so old. And if it gets features unavailable on my Band, which is likely, I'm really going to be depressed.
  • I would not be surprised if the price was e.g. $50 higher. Ps. After a couple of days on it, I think Android or at least touch wiz sucks... as does my employer for not providing a wp option... Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Ok... So I have a limited budget to buy some gadgets by Christmas. So which will I choose : The latest flagship phone as replacement to my 1520, a Surface Pro 4 as a replacement to my Sony Vaio, or a Microsoft Band 2?!?! Santa, give me all these three and I'll promise to be good all throughout the year. Lol
  • I'd like to have that budget
  • I really just want it to be able to play music so I can leave my phone at home when out for a run. Thinner, lighter, waterproof, more durable, and better accuracy would also be welcome.
  • Second to that. Don't like running with phone. And it should also comes with wireless headsets or earbuds. That would be awesome.
  • As long as they don't screw up the UI with circle pictures and hamburger menus it should be good.
  • I actually really like the split focus and form factor. I hope it retains a lot of what it's doing right.
  • First and foremost, make it water resistant! Longer battery life and make the screen a bit wider, probably an inch wide would be perfect imo. Lastly, make it scratch proof if possible.
    Mine got scratches by just wearing it :( Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Ooo coconut. I just bought my Ms Band last week. And so far I'm loving it. I like the idea of it more focus towards fitness, and little bit of "smart watch". Four things that i wish to see in the Ms Band 2 are i) water proof, ii) less flat design, iii) Gb storage for music, and iv) better software integration showcasing the sensors capability.
  • Would love to see answering and placing calls from the Band.
  • A biometric reader that can be used to authenticate with other apps.  A simple fingerprint scanner would be nice.
  • This wouldn't surprise me and I would actually be disappointed if it weren't true.  As for some of the questions, I would certainly expect the "Band v2" to run Windows 10 and I would expect it to interact with the rest of the Microsoft ecosystem being built.  That may mean that two distinct versions be offered; similar to initial Surface RT/ Pro.  In the wearable market, that might work out.  "Band v2" remains targeted at fitness enthusiasts, while "Band v2 Pro" be targeted at those interested in much more interactivity and less fitness oriented more daily driver use scenarios.  Imagine interaction with the HoloLens, with XBOX One, and even Windows 10 desktops and phones.  It doesn't seem far fetched, and its certainly less far fetched than having a single product go against their One OS to rule them all ambitions.  I'm excited!  I hope this next band is sexier, slimmer, and perhaps a marginally larger screen height.  Personally, something that was more of an arm band, than wrist band would make more sense to me - but I also understand how uber geeky that could appear.  Also, I expect them to make a companion accessory to the HoloLense that is a variant of the old Nintendo PowerGlove. LOL.
  • Needs to be water resistant and smaller and I'm in
  • Two things - make it available in more countries. And keep going with the band design moving towards the one in the newest future vision video.
  • If they just make it available outside of the US I'll buy one.
  • Keep it a band not a watch. Make it less thick and more scratch resistant screen. Also make in water resistant so you can swim. Better bat late would be a bonus as well.
  • I would like to see a food/Calorie tracker (like that in Fitbit) and a daily calculation calories in vs calories out.
  • I would like to see the following. Rounded, scratch resistant screen. Longer battery life. Switch from the current magnetic charging port on the back to the one used by the Surface Pro 3 (able to use the same cable). Windows 10 for IOT so that app developers could have more flexibility (ex.: home automation control via Cortana). More color options. Ability to see all the data collected from all the sensors in the Band.      
  • In India.. Smartwatch market is still in a slow train.. Why don't MS try Band here in India.. MS is always in 'catching up' mode than 'moving ahead' mode ... Since MS Band 2 is in the pipeline.. At least bring Band 1.0 here in India for a cheap price so that they can make a real impact and move ahead than waiting for android smart watch to lead the market..
  • They need to focus on battery life!!!
  • Too soon imo. Should out the band on a 2 year cycle. I can't imagine having to buy a band every year... Much more an apple watch.
  • Be nice to see improvement on design, make it less 'bulky'. More resilient to scratches. As for having Windows 10 on it..god no. We don't want to make a kindle fire out of it.
  • Bigger screen, qi charging, waterproof, much tougher screen and band material... As far as features go, music controls are a must and I think there should be 2 varieties of band, a fitness one and one which is more of an extension of your smartphone... Maybe even just a second screen i.e. continuum?
  • I'd like to see a new, slimmer Band plus the introduction of a Surface Watch. I've had the Band since day 1 and don't have any major gripes, but I'm not crazy about the form factor. I'd much prefer a watch-looking-device than a fitness band. A bigger screen would open opportunities for more apps and better functionality.
  • Microsoft is not going to name anything Surface except their PCs.
  • A lot of people don't realize that the Band is technically "water-proof," albeit only rated to 1m (or 3 feet). If worn mine in the shower daily and even swam with it and had no problems. YMMV. I imagine that Microsoft doesn't want to tout this because, inevitably, there will be griping from deep sea divers, triathletes, tough-mudders and the like.
  • Microsoft Band is cool for fitness ...but id really love a Microsoft Watch centered around Cortana.
  • My suggestions for the Microsoft Band 2 would include: -longer battery life ... hope for 5 days like fitbit
    -health apps to include blood pressure monitor (even if estimated value over 12 hours) linked to Health App
    -stopwatch function
    -Timer function
    -Steps Taken
    -Social connection with select email addresses for competition and friendly challenge
    -App Store section for applications for MS Band including health monitor apps which interface with Health App
    -greater water resistance or even water proofing
    -color panels for user customization
    -greater voice control of smartphone functions Thank you for asking the question about what we would like to see.  
  • That's nice but I need, and many others might agree, a "smartwatch." Something that looks sexy, classic and expensive/luxurious, like the Surface 3. I want to be able to go out on a weekend night with a Microsoft smartwatch. The band is good for people that are into sports and other active activities but it doesnt look good on a meeting or in front of a client. A luxury smartwatch with a magnesium-alloy casing would look awesome. Well, I gues we will just have to wait for Microsoft to play catch up, once again. This is just my opinion.
  • Another band. .. been waiting two years for a smart watch on Windows and now there will be 2 bands Back to droid with a pebble has been refreshing Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Or, depending on where you live, zero bands.
  • Will Msoft band 1 work on windows 10??
  • Please,please please!!! Fix the design and make it look beautiful and comfortable that's all I care about lol
  • Hope it has shake to charge!
  • I bought a Microsoft Band within the last month and absolutely LOVE it. If a gen 2 device comes out, I'd totally upgrade if it improves on the concept. For $200, I can't believe everything it does and how well it does it. Maybe just because of what I always wanted from a wearable was in some way conceptualized in the Band, but it's one of the best purchases I've made recently.
  • Would make sense for Windows 10 to be the OS on the Band 2. I'd imagine it would run like an IoT device would running Windows 10.
  • WR100 or better is a must.
  • Can't even buy the first one in Australia yet
  • More smartwatch features, for sure. Water proof and be able to take short calls I a must for me, otherwise I have no interest of this device. My heartbeat is not that interesting...
  • I was nearly sold on the first gen Band and will likely be pre-ordering Band 2. Can't wait for some assistance in the gym with monitoring my workouts.
  • Hmm from what I see in this devcie it needs to be water proff, have a wider screen, have the case curved in the inside to fit more comfortably on a person wrist.
  • "In that sense, I expect some changes in design..." Good, the one thing I keep reading from those that most likely don't own the device is that it is ugly and to a lesser extent, not comfortable. Though, those that have used it don't seem to mention that but just how well it works. I think it was a really good first effort. I'm looking forward to the 2nd gen.
  • i need more smart watch style with good battery in band 1... windows 10 IOT on it will be very amazing! a litle biggerscreen will be welcome either
  • Global availability will be very Important for band 2
  • Sofware improvements to Microsoft's health applications would make a huge difference in the user experience and interpreting the data that comes out of the Band. MSN Health & Fitness, MS HealthVault, and MS Health all collect and display data differently, but they all don't talk to eachother or share a similar look and feel. MSN H&F's Diet Tracking and the additional medical data from HeathVault would really be nice to see as a tab within MS Health. ...and add the ability to create custom workout plans and custom color themes(I don't want to download a third party app). I really like the Band itself. It's useful for checking the time, receiving haptic reminders for meetings, texts, and phone calls, battery lasts a long while, and biometric data it collects is fun to look at. Cortana becomes a bit more fun when you can talk into the Band and see the information you needed without pulling out your phone. Just having it on my wrist makes little things more convenient and it makes me a more mindful of my health(or lack thereof).
  • Waterproof, please!!!  I am Korean but I will not ask for Korean language support. Just waterproof plesae!!!!
  • Waterproof.
  • Here's my two ha'peth, for what it's worth. The screen needs to be scratch proof glass. If the band was a little wider you could have the option to have the display show vertically as well as horizontally. This would make it easier to read. The strap needs to be more comfortable - softer materials. The length of the screen needs shortening for people with smaller wrists. Could use a few more options on the metrics it displays during fitness activities eg overall average speed. Cosmetically you either like the look of the band or you don't. I quite like it but I agree it looks a bit like a probation tag. Maybe it just needs a slight redesign. 
  • i'd like to see it roll out to Canada. Hope the got enough data from Band 1 Water Proof sounds awesome - hope it comes. I'd love to be able to collect history about my self 24/7 for my doctor.
  • The hardward needs to be completely rearchitected to introduce style.  The band is ugly, clunky, sticky, oriented poorly.  It really looks and feels like a prototype.  Perhaps a borning version for fitness and a classy version for Win10 smart watch.
  • I get a LOT of comments on my Band. Just because M$ is not a media sweetheart doesnt mean the band was a bad product. The Band works and looks good. Everyone wants to know what it is, but once they find out, they are like OH.
  • I love my MS band but it looks like I'm wearing an FBI ankle tracker on my wrist. I'd like to see a sleeker design that doesn't clash with a business wardrobe! I've had mine since March 2015 and wear it nearly 24/7. Already, the plastic on the inside of the band is ripping off (not covered under warranty - $130 to fix).
  • I need onboard GPS, storage for music, and heart rate monitor. I'm waiting for a device that will offer those items. I wish it would support Google Music, but I know that is Google's fault so I'll worry about getting a small workout playlist in mp3 format onto the device.
  • why doesnt the band have a music app to change songs playing on your phone?
  • Band 2 Items Microsoft needs to include: Global availability Curved main body so it fits the wrist more naturally and comfortably Improved usability with Cortana including voice Improved scrath resistance for the screen (this is a MUST) A desktop Band Sync App that actually works...the current one is a POS! Make the battery charge plate more sweat and skin oil resistant...Band 1 corrodes too easily even with daily cleaning Social interface ala FitBit (thats why I still keep my FitBit HR althought it's screen can't compare to the Band's) Make it water-proof to 2 atmospheres...wear a Band in the shower and you are hosed!! Ship the Band 2 with 2 charger cables to make it easier to travel / work with I live in SE Asia and liked the concept so much I ordered it and had it shipped to my Dad who lives in the States...and then I paid him to send it onwards to me.  I haven't regretted getting it for one moment.