Microsoft has just updated its Microsoft Band with a new tile as well as an onscreen keyboard. Besides the update, its new Health website will provide a dashboard for viewing the data collected by Band. For developers, there is also a preview of the upcoming SDK.
Cycling, running, messaging
At present, you can see data that includes pace, distance and elevation. According to Microsoft, Band already integrates this data with MapMyFitness so it probably won't be too long until other fitness tracking services and apps follow suit. The band already tracks sleep, heart rate and calories.
Cyclists are also now supported by the new update and also have custom workouts downloadable (previously the workouts were just for other exercises).
What makes the band attractive is its cross-platform capabilities though it does have one little Windows-only feature: being able to reply to messages with spoken replies, since the technology relies on Cortana. There is now a tiny virtual keyboard that allows for typed responses to messages, so don't fret.
The newly released SDK preview will also now enable developers to create their own apps for the platform. With Microsoft looking at monthly updates for the band, other smartband manufacturers might have to start taking notice.