Microsoft Band 2 grabs update, adds music controls and more


Microsoft Released the Microsoft Band 2 about a month and a half ago and it is about to get a new update with some great new features. In fact it has one of the top requested features: music controls. Along with this, it will update how the exercise tile works and begin adding more proactive features which Microsoft promised at the Band’s launch via Activity Reminders.

Here’s what Microsoft says to expect:

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.”

Activity Notifications

“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.”

Improved 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.”

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.”

I have not been able to get the update yet, but will continue trying and will report back with how these work in real life. It is great to see these long requested features coming to light.