MICROSOFT HAS ANNOUNCED its plans to kill off both Microsoft Health and the Microsoft Band. That's not a group of musicians that record the incredible Windows startup sounds, but an ill-conceived fitness wearable that made its owners look less like athletes, and more like potentially dangerous prison inmates tagged for day release.
Their demise may be less of a surprise than the fact that anyone was still using them at all. Microsoft discontinued the wearable over two years ago, and we can't remember seeing anyone wearing one ever. But there must be some out there, as Microsoft is offering a refund to active users and those under limited warranty.
While you couldn't pay most people to use the Microsoft Band, apparently there are some people Microsoft will have to pay not to. To be precise, Microsoft is offering $79.99 for Band 1 owners and $175 for Band 2 owners who have synced with their Health Dashboard between 1 December 2018 and 1 March 2019, as long as they apply by 30 August 2019.
But let's say you've suffered a massive lapse in taste and see the Microsoft Band as the ultimate fitness wearable. Can you keep using it? Yes, but functionality will take a hit, as all cloud-based services will cease to function on 31 May.
You'll still be able to record and track your daily health information, workouts and sleep as if the product were a retail success. You can even continue to use it as an alarm clock if you really want. You won't be able to reset it though, as even the setup process requires cloud services. Awkward.
Alternatively, you can export your data from the Health Dashboard until the end of May following these instructions. Microsoft doesn't make any suggestions as to what you should use instead, but its official store sells just three: the Fitbit Ionic, the Fitbit Charge 2 and the Huawei Band 3 Pro. Suffice it to say other options are available. µ
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