Microsoft Band update adds cycling app, keyboard, and more

bandSooner or later, Microsoft could overtake other fitness tracking software. The first update for the Microsoft Band, released Monday, might indicate what’s to come.

Microsoft took its first bite out of the fitness market last fall with its all-in-one fitness tracker, but the Microsoft Band came with number of quirks and software that didn’t quite live up to the device’s potential. Today’s update, the first major one since the band’s launch, is the beginning.

A new developer preview SDK, available today, will allow app developers to start trying their hand at creating Microsoft Band apps. More info on that SDK will come in the next month, according to Microsoft. The ability run other apps on the Microsoft Band could be great, if developers choose to come aboard.

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