Microsoft updates Microsoft Band 2 with hiking options

Alex Kidman 18 May 2016


Microsoft will roll out updates that allow for rambling journeys as part of your fitness plan.

Microsoft’s Microsoft Band 2 has been on the local market for some months now, and for most fitness trackers that would mean that you could expect to hear word of the next fitness band in the range, while the older model is left to gather dust, or if you’re still using it, sweat.

Not so with Microsoft, which will this week release an update for the Microsoft Band 2 that will enable a new "Explore" tile that uses the inbuilt GPS to track any walking path you choose to engage in. You can add points of interest along the way along with specific ascent/descent details and reminders to hydrate and keep yourself protected from the sun with the Band 2’s inbuilt UV meter.

To date, the Microsoft Band 2 has integrated with smartphone operating systems, with a rather predictable focus on Microsoft Windows Phone. Windows Phone is the only space that enables access to features such as Cortana and texting direct from the Microsoft band, although client apps are available for Android and iOS platforms as well.

Microsoft will also make the Microsoft Health app directly available for Windows 10 this week, which means you could directly sync your health data with your laptop or desktop via USB if you wanted to.

The Microsoft Band 2 typically sells for $379.99, but for a limited time Microsoft is running a $70 discount special on the band, which you can access here.

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