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No new Band wearable from Microsoft this year

By Bryan Chan & Liu Hongzuo - on 4 Oct 2016, 2:30pm

No new Band wearable from Microsoft this year

Microsoft Band 2, from their local launch event last year.

After noticing that the Microsoft Band 2 was quietly missing from the Microsoft online store earlier today, ZDNet reached out to a Microsoft spokesperson about the change. As it turns out, Microsoft will not sell anymore Microsoft Band 2 wearables, and neither will they release a new version.

According to ZDNet, the following was what a Microsoft spokesperson put forth:

"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."

Adding to the discontinuation of Band 2 sales and the official statement about no new Bands coming up was how Microsoft also removed the Band’s SDK from their developer tools website. The team developing the band is also gone. Existing Microsoft health apps are now renamed as “Microsoft Band”. All these, together, make it really clear that Microsoft isn’t going to do a Band 3, although they still have health tech in their sights.

Source: Ars Technica, Microsoft, ZDNet