The rumor mill has hinted that Microsoft will enter the wearable market soon, but we haven’t heard anything official on the matter from Microsoft itself. Now it looks like the company’s big news has been spoiled.
An app called “Microsoft Band Sync” has been discovered in the Mac App Store that includes an image of Microsoft’s wearable. The device looks like a simple band, but with an elongated display that can show the time, date and likely give you alerts on your fitness.
Alongside this Mac App Store listing, “Microsoft Health” apps have appeared in the Windows Store, Google Play and App Store that offer details about the device itself. The app description says that users can track their heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality. Wearers can also get guided workouts, 24-hour heart rate monitoring, calendar alerts and more. The Windows Phone app also supports note taking and reminders with Cortana.
Spec details for the Microsoft Band are still light, as is most of its feature set. However, the shape of the band and the descriptions of the Microsoft Health app suggest that it’ll be more fitness tracker than smartwatch. The good news is that, considering how much of the Microsoft Band has leaked tonight, it’s likely that an official announcement isn’t far off.
What are you first impressions of the Microsoft Band?