One of the most unique features of the original Microsoft Band was its ability to guide users through workout regimens, and now the fitness tracker's successor is adding to that capability by allowing users to create their own custom guided workouts.
As described in the features section of Microsoft's product page for the new Band, users can now edit any guided workout provided through the Microsoft Health app, or they can create their own custom workout routines. Additionally, the features section of the Microsoft Health page states that users will be able to "build custom guided workouts that include reps, distance and more" to download to their Bands via the online Microsoft Health dashboard. That capability doesn't exist in the Microsoft Health mobile app, however.
The new feature could mark a significant improvement over the original Microsoft Band, as it lacked features catering to serious athletes. At its press event today revealing the new Band, however, Microsoft said the new version of the fitness tracker is designed to appeal to both fitness novices and serious athletes alike.
The new Microsoft Band is scheduled to launch on Oct. 30 for $249 in the United States. Microsoft is also expected to bring the device to many major markets at a similar price point in the coming months.