'Microsoft Health' App for Upcoming Wearable Leaks as Google Launches HealthKit Rival

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    As Apple completes the launch of HealthKit and the Health app for iOS, its competitors Microsoft and Google have been preparing their own entrances into the health sector. Today, Microsoft apps for an upcoming fitness wearable have leaked in app stores as Google launched a new HealthKit-like initiative.

    In July it was reported that Microsoft was working on a fitness band that would work with iOS. Now, the official app for the device, which appears to be called the Microsoft "Band", has appeared on the Mac App Store. The "Microsoft Band Sync" app, which was first discovered by WindowsCentral, appears to allow users to sync the data on their device to the app for tracking.

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    Another app called Microsoft Health has also been revealed for iOS and appears to include many of the same options as the "Microsoft Band Sync" app and also teases a future device called "Microsoft Band". A new privacy statement (via AppleInsider) on Microsoft's website also makes mention of Microsoft Band, Microsoft Health and Microsoft Band Sync.
    Although the "Band" doesn't appear to be a fully functioning smart watch like Apple Watch, it does signal Microsoft's desire to enter the health market and provides an alternative to the health-tracking features of Apple Watch or FitBit bands. Similarly, the Microsoft Health app offers an alternative to the health center that is the Health app, provided the user opts for the Microsoft Band.

    Meanwhile, Google launched its version of the Health app for Android (via The Verge). Called Google Fit, the app tracks health goals and workout statistics and is compatible with Android Wear devices and third-party fitness trackers. Much like the Health app, Google Fit can also track walking, running and cycling without the use of external apps or fitness trackers.

    Microsoft Health is a free universal app available in the App Store. [Direct Link]

    Microsoft Band Sync is a free app available in the Mac App Store. [Direct Link]

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    First office leaks, now this? Microsoft needs to hire Stephen Colbert
     
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    This is absolutely shocking. It's just called "Band"? I would have expected a name more like "Microsoft Health Tracker and Optimization Wrist Bracelet".
     
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    Wait! Remember Nintendo put out a press release a couple years back, saying they were getting in to the health market too? What ever happened to that? I think the article was on MR too...
     
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    You mean Wii fit? Lol
     
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    Hmm. Needing a desktop app to sync their band? Seems a bit too complicated. Shouldn't it appear to 'just work' to the end user?

    Also the iOS version should support HealthKit - does it?

    Does it link to your CurrentC account? ;)
     
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    Nah, he's been the Clippers mascot ever since Ballmer bought them.

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    Snart move bc they won't be beating them. I'll be interested to see where msft stands on payments. I can see them maybe supporting apple pay? I honestly think it would be their best option.
     
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    I doubt it NEEDS a desktop app to sync but it probably has both like fitbit does. It will sync to my phone or my PC if nearby it and updates either way.
     
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    I would just love someone to go in the other direction and release a Pizza app or something.
     
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    I though his name was Stephen Coldbear.
     
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    When you die wearing it, does it display a BSoD?
     
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    Or, Microsoft Health Tracker and Optimization Wireless Wrist Bracelet 4000 Home Edition
     
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    Microsoft Health.

    Sounds like an oxymoron to me.
     
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    Microsoft's UI & UX looks as good as their leak protection… horrid. Pretty creative monikers BTW :rolleyes:
     
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    Microsoft Band
    Microsoft Bing
    That's easy.
     

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