Microsoft Health app getting improved UI and new 'Insights' feature in upcoming update
Microsoft is currently in the process of designing and testing a new user-interface for the Health app on PC and Mobile, which introduces a more traditional app layout found on the likes of iOS and Android. The new Health app is currently being tested and worked on internally, meaning the screenshots seen in this post are not final. Microsoft is bringing Home, Profile, Insights and Social to the front of the app, now accessible via a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen.
New app on left, old app on right
These UI improvements appear to be coming to the PC app as well, although the UI is pretty rough right now. We should see this UI get cleaned up quite a bit on PC and phone before the app update launches officially. We've embedded a gallery below with screenshots of the new app in action.
Microsoft is also working on a brand new "Insights" feature that will allow Band users to get actionable insights from their Band and Cortana data, and use them to improve overall health. All insights will be personalized and tailored to each specific person, too. The feature itself doesn't appear to be working yet, likely due to the fact Microsoft is still working on this next update. The current internal app also comes with a new firmware update for the Microsoft Band, however after close inspection, there doesn't appear to be any new features included with the firmware update just yet.
The new Health app should hopefully make navigating the app easier for users who are used to more traditional app layouts, instead of hiding everything in a hamburger menu. The introduction of the new "Insights" feature should also be handy for those who are frequently working out and want to know the best ways of keeping fit, with tips and insights personalized to how you work out. It's not clear when this new update will roll out to the public, but considering Microsoft like to roll out updates for the Band semi-frequently, we don't think it'll be too long a wait.
What do you think of the new Health app and Insights feature? Let us know in the comments below!
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But, what I miss about the old health app was the ability to search for things.. You could search "broccoli" and, it would give you an entire breakdown of the nutritional value.. You also could do random searches of exercises, and there seamed to be more available.. I wish the current app was more of a total fitness app, like the previous was.