Microsoft

By Aditi Pai 09:29 am April 15, 2015
Sunrise, Florida-based MDLive, which offers patient-to-physician remote visits via mobile devices, has partnered with Microsoft to deliver telehealth services through Microsoft's Skype for Business offering. Microsoft acquired Skype in 2011 and just this week announced a new product, called Skype for Business, which will replace Microsoft's legacy video conferencing offering, Lync. Skype for...
By Aditi Pai 08:03 am April 15, 2015
Just two days after Jawbone announced that it will finally ship its heart rate tracking wearable, UP3, even though the tracker will not be waterproof as initially advertised, an anonymous source told the Wall Street Journal that American Express is working with Jawbone to add payment features to a future wearable. According to the report, American Express cardholders who buy this future Jawbone...
By Aditi Pai 09:17 am March 25, 2015
Microsoft has updated the Xbox One console's fitness app, called Xbox Fitness, to sync with Microsoft Health, the cloud-based health integration platform that Microsoft launched with the Microsoft Band. Xbox Fitness launched with Xbox's newest console, Xbox One, in November 2013. By early January 2014, the company reported that nearly 1.5 million people used the fitness app, which offers users ...
By Aditi Pai 03:56 am February 24, 2015
Microsoft has updated its wristworn fitness tracker, called Microsoft Band with new functionality to track cycling and an SDK for Windows and Android phones. The company says iOS integration is coming soon. Microsoft also launched an online dashboard to track health that it first unveiled in October 2014 when the company launched the Microsoft Band. The wristworn wearable, a small, plastic, black...
By Jonah Comstock 09:56 am January 21, 2015
Microsoft is increasingly moving into the world of wearables, both through conceptual moonshots like the smart scarf recently presented by Microsoft Research and through a hefty update, released last week, to the fitness tracking functionality of the Microsoft Band smartwatch. According to MIT Technology Review, the scarf was the brainchild of University of Maryland graduate student Michelle...
By Jonah Comstock 08:08 am November 10, 2014
The burgeoning conflict between Fitbit and Apple heated up this week, with Apple pulling Fitbit products from its online store, as PhoneArena and SlashGear first spotted. This follows on rumors that the tech giant was pulling Fitbit from the shelves of physical Apple Stores, a move widely believed to be linked to Fitbit's reticence to integrate its app with Apple HealthKit. Other trackers from...
By Aditi Pai 05:45 am October 30, 2014
Microsoft has officially launched a fitness-focused smart watch, called Microsoft Band as well as a new health tracking platform, called Microsoft Health. This announcement came just a week after another report leaked about the device. The product has been in development since 2010 when Microsoft launched the Kinect motion sensor for Xbox, Microsoft explains in a feature post. Microsoft Band, a...
By Aditi Pai 08:00 am October 21, 2014
Bing Health and Fitness Microsoft is set to unveil a health-focused smartwatch within the next few weeks, which will be available in stores in time for the holiday shopping season, according to a report from Forbes. Reports of Microsoft's rumored smartwatch first surfaced in July. At the time, publication Tom's Hardware reported that the smartwatch would have 11 sensors and use chips from...
By Jonah Comstock 07:27 am August 21, 2014
Microsoft is launching a major mobile health pilot along with mobile service provider TracFone Wireless and the Health Choice Network, a Miami-based company that manages a 17-state health IT network for community health centers. In the pilot, 100 Medicaid patients with Type 1 and 2 diabetes will be equipped with smartphones containing both health management tools and traditional smartphone...
By Jonah Comstock 10:57 am July 14, 2014
The new Kinect, the second generation of Microsoft's motion capture camera technology, has been making healthcare headlines for nearly a year now as a few select companies were able to tinker with prototypes. The version of the device that was connected to the Xbox One gaming console was made available back in November. But starting tomorrow, Kinect for Windows version 2 will be available...