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Microsoft Band 2: Why We Want One

The updated Microsoft Band is sleek and powerful. It records more health data than you ever thought you needed.
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One of the many devices highlighted during Microsoft's New York City hardware launch was the second generation of Microsoft Band.

The update was welcome among those who are already fans of Microsoft's health tracker, and it's likely to turn heads in the fitness community. I've never wanted a fitness band and this upgrade has me tempted.

[Not into Microsoft Band? Here are more fitness trackers to try.]

The original Microsoft Band model left room for improvement. Users disliked its clunky design and complained of input errors.

As it developed a more modern device, Microsoft adopted the goal of helping users "take control of health and fitness in a more personalized way," said Lindsey Matese, member of the Microsoft Band and Health teams, in a presentation at the Oct. 6 event.

"What would cyclists, joggers, and gym rats want?" she wondered aloud.

Round two of Microsoft Band is designed to be more flexible, for people who wear it during their working hours and workouts. The desire for a more comfortable device is one of several pieces of feedback the team learned during the testing process, when it surveyed customers on its functionality.

What other changes did Microsoft make in the new Band? Here we take a closer look at the new design and capabilities of its premium fitness wearable.

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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