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Microsoft Ending Support For its Smart-band Services

In 2016, its production was discontinued for its often criticised awkward and uncomfortable design

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

Microsoft is ending support for its “Health Dashboard” applications and services for its smart-band fitness tracker. It will refund all users whose devices are still under warranty.

The company is offering $79.99 for Band 1 owners and $175 for Band 2 devices.

“On May 31, the ‘Microsoft Health Dashboard’ site will be shut down and Microsoft Band applications will be removed from the Microsoft Store, Google Play and Apple App store,” the software giant announced via a blog-post on Friday.

Active Microsoft Band users, who have used the band and completed a data sync to the “Health Dashboard” between December 1, 2018 and March 1, 2019 are also eligible for refunds by the company.

It is to be claimed by August 30.

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivers the keynote address at Build, the company’s annual conference for software developers. VOA

Although the web connected features will no longer be available, the users can continue to set alarms and track daily health information, activity data, as well as sleep analytics.

“Functionality will be limited to what’s available on the Band device. Resetting the device after the service been discontinued will make it impossible to set up the device again,” the post said.

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Users have been instructed to transfer their data using the export tools on Microsoft’s support site before May 31.

Introduced in 2014, Microsoft Band came with smart-watch and activity-tracker features, developed by the Windows-maker. A second generation was also released.

In 2016, its production was discontinued for its often criticised awkward and uncomfortable design, the media reported. (IANS)

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LG CNS, Microsoft to Develop Cloud-based Enterprise Solutions

They will first target LG affiliates and other Korean companies and collaborate on marketing in other Asian nations, LG CNS said

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LG CNS Co. — LG’s IT service subsidiary — has said that it has agreed with US tech behemoth Microsoft Corp. to collaborate on the development of Cloud-based enterprise solutions.

LG CNS and Microsoft signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the strategic partnership at the American company’s Asian-Pacific regional headquarters in Singapore, which calls for the integration of their IT and cloud platforms for new enterprise solutions, Yonhap reported on Monday.

The companies plan to form a task force later this year to develop groupware solutions based on Microsoft’s Cloud, Windows 10 and Office 365.

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A man walks past a Microsoft sign set up for the Microsoft BUILD conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 28, 2015. VOA

They will first target LG affiliates and other Korean companies and collaborate on marketing in other Asian nations, LG CNS said.

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The companies also agreed to develop new technologies and solutions to meet the growing demand for digital transformation in various areas, including smart factories and smart cities, it said. (IANS)