Back in 2014 I was a huge fan of the Microsoft Band. It was Microsoft’s smart fitness band that at the time was one of the few cross platform fitness devices with support of Windows Phone, iOS and Android.
The story behind the Microsoft Band is an interesting one, it started life as an Xbox accessory and ended just as a 3rd generation device was being developed. One of the developers working on the Microsoft Band at Microsoft has given an interesting behind the scenes view on the rise and fall of the Microsoft Band. He talks about the highs of the launch and the lows of the whole team being disbanded and the Band cancelled. It’s an interesting look back at the Ballmer to Satya Nadella transition and the shift in focus from Microsoft.
I still miss my Microsoft Band, despite its hardware issues it remains one of my favourite Microsoft consumer devices. Read the article over at Medium.