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Microsoft Band gets an update at last, including text dictation and a Web dashboard

Mark Hachman | Feb. 24, 2015
This major update's taken a while, but it adds useful features, including cycling support.

Users also have the option to orally dictate replies to a text using Cortana, but, apparently, not author new texts or email. That's a shortfall that we hope is eventually solved. Still, at least it's something.

Finally, Microsoft added SDK support, so that developers can now create Band apps. Hopefully the smartwatch will receive a more enthusiastic response from developers compared to Windows Phone.

Why this matters:  Microsoft's Band has an enormous amount of potential. Still, no one was quite clear how significant the product was to Microsoft. The update confirms that the Band is still part of Microsoft's game plan.


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