Microsoft breaks up the Band as fitness tracker removed from stores

The Microsoft Band range of fitness trackers appears to be no more.

The company has confirmed inventory of the Microsoft Band 2 has sold out with no plans to release a third iteration this year.

As of today, all references to the Band range have now been pulled from Microsoft Store listings online (per Zdnet’s Mary Jo Foley).

In a statement, a Microsoft spokesperson said: “We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year. We remain committed to supporting our Microsoft Band 2 customers through Microsoft Stores and our customer support channels and will continue to invest in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices.”

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Not only that, the software development kit has also been pulled, meaning Microsoft is no longer encouraging developers to build for the platform.

Given this latest development, it would appear the absence of a Band 3 in 2016 means the range will be discontinued altogether.

The Band 2 was not poorly received by any means. In our review it received praise for its great screen, easy set-up, customisable workouts the additions of a barometer.

However, the launch price of £200, the poor support for iOS and Android phones and marginal battery life meant it ended with a respectable 7/10 store.

Microsoft’s efforts were noble in the face of huge competition from dedicated manufacturers like Fitbit and traditional rivals like Apple, Google and Samsung.

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