- Microsoft has no plans to launch Band 3 this year
- Band 2 no more available via official company stores
- The company may be done with its Band products
Microsoft has confirmed that there will be no Band 2 successor this year. The company has also revealed that it has sold the existing Band 2 inventory. The Redmond giant was last month reported to be done with its Band fitness trackers. The company may have ‘probably’ taken its first step to its move.
Microsoft’s spokesperson in a statement sent to ZDNet said, “We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year.”
The company however affirmed its support for the existing Microsoft Band 2 fitness tracker users and added that it will continue to support the device. “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,” added a spokesperson.
ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley in a report citing a tipster suggests that the Microsoft Band 2 was listed on the company’s online store till Sunday though the company removed the references to the Band device on Monday. Microsoft has reportedly also removed the Band software development kit (SDK), which makes sense considering it’s no longer selling the Band 2 fitness tracking devices.
Last month, a report claimed that Microsoft had “no plans” to release the third-generation of the Band fitness tracker. The company reportedly “disbanded” the team that was working on the Band to run Windows 10. To recall, the original Band and Band 2 ran custom firmware and not Windows. Microsoft was also likely to push its Health service which made its debut back in 2014. The Redmond giant has lately been streamlining its products and has already given up on the Lumia smartphone range. The company is expected to launch the Surface range of smartphones soon.
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