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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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Microsoft to Increase Skype Group Members to 50

These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later.

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Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group. Pixabay

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members.

With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience, Engadget reported on Friday.

Keeping the call ringing feature completely optional, Skype Version 8.41.76.55 would notify users of an incoming call by just sending a notification on the group.

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Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience. Wikimedia

“When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join,” the company wrote in a blog-post.

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These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later. (IANS)