A few weeks back, it was widely reported that Microsoft has stopped selling their fitness tracker, the Microsoft Band 2, by completely removing the wearable from its online store. With no plans for a replacement in sight, a later report suggested that were would be no successor to the Microsoft Band 2. Now, photos of a purported prototype of the Microsoft Band 3, has surfaced, if they are legitimate, it proves that the company was indeed working on a follow up to the Microsoft Band 2, but it is likely that it has been scrapped for the time being.
The leaked pictures first surfaced on Microsoft Central, where a user who goes by the handle, 'FUD Hater' posted the pictures, along with features of the device. According to the leakster, the Microsoft Band 3 would have been waterproof, and would be able to track ones blood pressure through a built-in EKG, and also would have included support for RFID (radio frequency identification). In one of the pictures, a swim tile on the display of the band can be seen, hinting that the wearable would have been able to track swimming activity as well. The design of the Microsoft Band 3 is pretty similar to its predecessor, the Microsoft Band 2.
Given that the Microsoft team behind the first two fitness trackers by the company has been dispersed to other departments in the company, it is likely that the Microsoft Band line has been halted. The leaker also theorizes that Microsoft has called it a day on the Microsoft Band lineup, but someday, these features and ideas may end up in a different Microsoft product. When a tech website called Weareable reached out to Microsoft for comments, the Microsoft spokesperson told them that the company does not comment on rumors or speculations. When the Microsoft Band was first released back in 2014, it was a hit, and Microsoft had a hard time keeping up with the initial demand. However, it wasn't long before the wearable market started to get more competitive, with the likes of Fitbit and Xiaomi gaining more market, and of course, this caused the demand for the Microsoft Band lineup to suffer.