Developers Can Build Business Solutions That Push Custom Alerts To Microsoft Band

Band Notifications

Since the announcement of Microsoft Band, many developers were looking for ways to to create custom notifications on Band in which there is not official SDK available.  But it seems to be there is a way to receive a custom text like “Hello World” based on a feed from a local or remote app.

Microsoft employee Michael posted about this on his blog,

The answer is not only yes, it’s been tested already.  This a simple solution involving both Azure Mobile Services and a custom developed-app on any phone such as iOS, Android or Windows.  For our test we leveraged Windows Phone and built a custom app that simply takes in a text prompt from any data source (it could be from the app itself through a command line interface).  We wanted something a bit more sophisticated, and instead went with a remote PC with a Windows 8.1 app that pushed commands to a remote Windows phone via Azure Mobile Services.  The custom phone app would easily push these notifications to the Band.

There is a minor caveat – Microsoft Band comes out-of-the-box with disabled push notifications, and simply requires a minor change on Windows Phone under settings.

The application works great if you’re looking to build business solutions that push custom alerts, messages or reminders.

Source: MSDN