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Hands on: Microsoft's new Band has a cleaner design, but its fate remains murky

Mark Hachman | Oct. 7, 2015
A curved display, better animations, and a few advanced tracking features add to its appeal.

I’m not sold on the future of the Band. I am far more convinced, however, that the Band can be a viable side project for Microsoft, unlike a Fitbit. Maybe it survives until the third iteration, where Microsoft’s “rule of three” suddenly transforms it into a Windows Hello token, for example. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s lab rats will putter quietly away, making it more productive. Let’s see how it all shapes up.


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