Microsoft Band available through MS Online & Physical Stores for $199

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Microsoft Band, the first device powered by Microsoft Health, helps you achieve your wellness goals by tracking your heart rate, steps, calorie burn, and sleep quality. It also helps you be more productive with email previews and calendar alerts Рright on your wrist. Microsoft Band is designed to be awesome on multiple platforms; iPhone, Android & Window Phone. Microsoft Band makes it easier to reach your fitness goals. You can track your daily physical activity and review your stats with a glance at your wrist. Just like a personal trainer, Microsoft Band guides you to improved wellness by constantly learning about you, your current fitness level, and your future needs. Plus you have Cortana Functionality with Windows Phone user.

The Microsoft Health service that does all the heavy lifting of storing data and syncing notifications to the Band’s 310 x 102 res display is similar to Apple HealthKit and Google Fit, but the plan here is to open it up for use on devices and platforms built by others. As our source indicated, not only is the device cross platform-ready, Microsoft will look for other companies (think Samsung, HTC, Pebble, Fitbit) to make their devices Microsoft Health compatible. That way they can sync into the data and notifications immediately, all powered by the Microsoft backend.

Microsoft Health is also your way into its “Intelligence Engine”, which automatically tells you things like which exercises burned the most energy, and how well you’ve been sleeping. The plan is to wrap that data up with info from your Outlook calendar and GPS data to give a broader look at what’s impacting your fitness level. Other companies can license the ten sensor setup for their own devices, while UP by Jawbone, MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal and RunKeeper are already on board with Microsoft Health. Another feature that’s coming is the ability to share data (if you choose) from the HealthVault with your medical provider. Microsoft thinks it has the perfect system for folks active both at work and in the gym — take a peek at the demo video below and see if it’s worth the $200.