Microsoft Band 2 Gets Updated with New Features

Microsoft Band 2 Gets Updated with New Features

When I reviewed the Microsoft Band 2 this year, there was one comment that seemed to appear over and over. “If it just had music controls, I would use it.”

Well, now it has music controls. The Band 2 has been updated with a number of new features. Here they are:

What’s New in the Microsoft Band 2

All-new music controls

Put your phone away and control your music directly from your new Microsoft Band. The full-color touchscreen displays the song title and lets you pause and play, skip forward and back, and turn the volume up and down. You’ll find the perfect tunes to get you in the holiday spirit this month with our new partner Spotify, but any music app you use on your phone connects to your new Microsoft Band through Bluetooth. Use your new Microsoft Band’s music controls any time, whether you’re working out or waiting for the bus.
New Microsoft Band with music controls

Stay active with notifications that remind you to get up and move

Be more active throughout your day. Your new Microsoft Band can now remind you to get up and move when you’ve been still for too long. You choose the time intervals and the days you want to be reminded. You can also set a period of time when you don’t want to receive reminders, like when you’re sleeping or driving.
The new Microsoft Band with activity reminder

Choose your favorite exercise when you use the Exercise Tile

Now, it’s easier to track your duration, calorie burn, and heart rate for your favorite exercises when you use the Exercise Tile. Select popular options, like yoga or weightlifting, or name your own. When you review your exercise sessions in the Microsoft Health app or Web Dashboard, your summaries and observations will be grouped by exercise type for better insights into your performance.

Learn about new features on Microsoft Band with the ‘What’s New’ Tile

Easily find out about new features for your new Microsoft Band with the ‘What’s New’ Tile. The tile will automatically appear on your band when new updates are available. Tap the tile to learn about great new features and functionality.

Of course, these new features are exclusive to the Microsoft Band 2. If you’re using a Microsoft Band, you’re shit out of luck.

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • Brendon Williams

    When is the update supposed to start? I just opened MS Health, and I didn’t get a update notification.

    • Eh, who knows? They always take a while, and usually, it requires an update to the Health app.

  • norcal1953

    Hmmm. Microsoft Band or Apple Watch. Watch runs about a day and can give me local and international time plus an ultracool Mickey Mouse face (or other neat faces). Microsoft Band can monitor my heart rate during burpees and during the whole frickin’ day. Apple Watch looks cool. Save my life or look cool. Easy decision! (Except the average consumer doesn’t consider this at all and buys the cooler looking Apple Watch.) Maybe me, too.