Updates to Microsoft Band and Health include Strava integration

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 23 April 2015
Updates to Microsoft Band and Health include Strava integration

A number of updates have been made to Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band.

Based on conversations with customers that took place in February, three key areas of improvement were identified: broader integration, new insights and more features. Microsoft has therefore been working to build new experiences around each of these themes, forming the basis of the new update.

Customers indicated that they want more integration with additional third-party fitness partners, as many have existing relationship with other apps, services and devices. Many users are also looking for new ways to integrate their data so that it is kept and works in a single place.

An area of increasing popularity is cycling, with many customers saying this is an activity they are keen to track and many already using Microsoft Band to do so. Microsoft introduced a ‘Bike Tile’ function to Microsoft Health in February, and the new update includes the expansion of its cycling functionality through partnerships with bike apps such as MapMyRide and Strava. As of today, Microsoft Band customers will be able to wear their devices during rides and then share their ride information with other riders using these apps.

Microsoft is also expanding its Microsoft Health Web Dashboard, allowing users to share and access additional insights and observations.

Microsoft Health will now take user data such as daily steps, sleep, workout frequency and calorie burn, and compare it to Microsoft Health customers with a similar body type.

Microsoft Band will also track the length and quality of sleep, and users can then use the Microsoft Health web dashboard to analyse sleep restoration, efficiency and wake-ups.

Further benefits of the update include the ability to track fitness improvements and progression over time, make VO2 Max calculations and learn more about running and workout data.

“We know some of our customers are interested in tracking their fitness activity through Microsoft Health as a first step in tracking their health data,” said Matt Barlow, general manager of New Devices Marketing at Microsoft, in a blog post. “Microsoft Health is an open platform, and it is designed to combine the data from devices with services already in use. We are excited to announce that in the coming weeks, customers can track daily steps and calorie burn inside of the Microsoft Health app using the sensors contained in many Android Phones, iPhones and Windows Phones. Even without a fitness tracking wearable device, customers can just download the Microsoft Health application to their phone and get stepping!”

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