Thursday , 27 October 2016
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End of the Line for Microsoft Band 2 Wrist Device

Microsoft says it has exhausted its supply of its Band 2 fitness tracker, and isn’t currently producing more to replace them, indicating that the end may be near for the line of wearable health trackers the company introduced two years ago.

ZDNet reported earlier Monday that listings for Band devices had disappeared from Microsoft’s online store.

A Microsoft spokesman confirmed the company had no plans to release a new Band device this year. The company will continue to offer customer support to Band 2 owners, as well as invest in a health-focused software platform for developers working on software for other devices, the spokesman said.

Microsoft introduced the original Band in October 2014. At the time, the wrist-worn device that could monitor and report on everything from heart rate to light conditions entered a market for wearable devices that was starting to take off. A second-generation version was released a year ago.

Since then, Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella has narrowed the company’s focus, shedding the smartphone manufacturing unit acquired from Nokia and indicating that the software company would get involved in the hardware business only where it could differentiate itself.

Recently, the company’s hardware push has been limited to the Surface computing line, Xbox game consoles, and the still-in-development HoloLens augmented reality headset.