MICROSOFT HAS DISCONTINUED the Band 2 activity tracker and confirmed that it has no plans to release a successor this year.
The company wiped its online store of both Band fitness trackers on Monday, along with the of the Band software development kit (SDK) which developers could use to create apps for the wrist-worn device.
The developer website simply says: "The Microsoft Band SDK is no longer available," with no further explanation.
A Microsoft spokesperson clarified in a statement given to ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley: "We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year.
"We remain committed to supporting our Microsoft Band 2 customers through Microsoft Stores and our customer support channels, and will continue to invest in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices."
So, while it's uncertain that we'll see any wearable devices from Microsoft in the future, it's perhaps no surprise that the Band-branded bracelet has been scrapped.
Microsoft launched the first Band fitness tracker in 2014. The wearable was compatible with Android, iOS and Windows, but lacked many of the features seen on rival devices, and users bemoaned the clunky, uncomfortable design and shonky battery life.
The Microsoft Band 2 arrived almost a year ago to the day, bringing a much-needed redesign, Cortana integration and improved fitness tracking.
However, the £199 price made it more expensive than rival devices from the likes of Fitbit and just as costly as fully-fledged smartwatches that offered much more functionality.
Microsoft hasn't revealed sales figures from its wearables division, but they were probably pretty low. Recent figures from IDC named Fitbit as the number one wearables maker with 5.7 million units shipped in Q2, followed by Xiaomi on 3.2 million and Apple on 1.6 million. µ
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