Nearly four months since their release and Microsoft’s wearable smart band and health platform have received their first major update.
New features in Microsoft Band include Quick Read, which allows you to more easily see notifications thanks to a larger font size and faster-moving words across the wearable screen.
Windows Phone 8.1 users can now also use a Virtual Keyboard that makes it easier to reply to text messages directly from their wrists. For added convenience, it’s also possible to control the band with voice dictation, thanks to integration with Cortana.
And for cyclists, Microsoft has added a new Bike Tile feature to track heart rate, calories burned while spinning; and speed, distance and elevation during outdoor rides.
The Microsoft Health app, which powers the band, now integrates with MapMyFitness, as well as Microsoft HealthVault – a platform used to store health and fitness information, which may be shared with healthcare providers if the user wishes. By adding information such as sleep and workout data, users can now build up a more complete picture of their health.
The updated Microsoft Health app is available now to download for free from the Windows Phone Store.
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