Microsoft Band, Health Updates Look To Compete With Apple Watch - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Comments
Microsoft Band, Health Updates Look To Compete With Apple Watch
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
nomii
50%
50%
nomii,
User Rank: Ninja
5/11/2015 | 3:35:31 AM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
I think at this stage apple doesn't have the advantage of their flagship OS which they used to have in their other product. Apple has a large customer base because the users are comfortable with their OS interface. In such a small screen of smartwatch, the OS hardly matters at the moment.
PedroGonzales
50%
50%
PedroGonzales,
User Rank: Ninja
5/9/2015 | 7:14:15 PM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
The good thing of consumers now is the variety of choices.  Apple can't say that they are bring the best choice because so many players are launching their own type of solution.   I think the market will be fragmented with device and niche market that Apple couldn't meet the demands of everyone, but with apple entry other providers are offering their own types of smartwatches.
nomii
50%
50%
nomii,
User Rank: Ninja
5/7/2015 | 2:10:31 AM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
@PedroGonzales: I agree with you, I think there is a little but a huge difference in both apple and MS sale strategy. Apple is selling an expensive product with is a watch along with health monitoring features whereas MS is selling a cheaper health monitoring feature which has a watch as well. Now it's up to the user what they are more attracted to but on paper MS looks like a better option at the moment.
PedroGonzales
50%
50%
PedroGonzales,
User Rank: Ninja
5/1/2015 | 7:02:23 PM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
I think Microsoft is playing safe by using its power already established health framework (since Google health is out), I think they really have a change to make a huge impact with HealthVault.  Off course, it is no Iwatch.  I believe healthvault is the only portal that has partnerships with a lot of health network and provide a huge connectivyt with health monitoring devices 
nomii
50%
50%
nomii,
User Rank: Ninja
4/27/2015 | 6:31:56 AM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
@PedroGonzales: I think there are many features which are available in both MS and apple products. The difference is that MS hasn't called it as a replacement of conventional watch due to which it is not getting much critical reviews secondly it also costs lesser than apple.
SunitaT0
50%
50%
SunitaT0,
User Rank: Ninja
4/25/2015 | 3:44:27 PM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
Thanks to Apple's unclaimed "pusle oximeter" I have found more interest in this offering from Microsoft and surely they will deliver. 
PedroGonzales
50%
50%
PedroGonzales,
User Rank: Ninja
4/24/2015 | 11:18:04 PM
Re: Microsoft Band's Competition
I think that the Microsoft band has many excellent items what will attract a more broader set of individuals than the Iwatch.  Also, since it comes with their health dashboard, think about seniors at retirement homes or people who need to keep track of their health due to a chronic condition they will be able to track their health in much improve ways.
AlR157
50%
50%
AlR157,
User Rank: Apprentice
4/24/2015 | 2:52:25 PM
Fitness is only a small part of the Band.
I have yet to see mention of the MS Band's phone, email, facbook, IM, stocks, search, calendar, UV, weather, and more features. The days of pulling your phone out of your pocket every time it beeps/rings/chimes/vibrates are over. A quick glance at the band is typically all you need.
CraigHerberg
100%
0%
CraigHerberg,
User Rank: Strategist
4/24/2015 | 12:28:22 PM
Microsoft Band's Competition
In my opinion, the Microsoft Band is more in competition with Fitbit as a fitness/smartwatch, than with the Apple Watch, which lacks the GPS needed for serious fitness tracking. Although the three bands have their unique strengths, Microsoft and Fitbit are more like each other than like Apple.  Craig Herberg


The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
Commentary
Study: Cloud Migration Gaining Momentum
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  6/22/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll