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October 7, 2015

Phones, Wearables, VR Headsets All Part of Microsoft’s Future

Company Unveils Array of Products

New phones, activity bands and, yes, even virtual reality.

LumiaMicrosoft wasn’t holding back any punches Tuesday as it unveiled a slew of new products during its mega-press event. It almost seemed as if the company was hosting its very own electronics showcase event as it rolled out the anticipated to the surprising.

One of those surprises included the Microsoft Band, a wearable that offers a lot of the same features as other activity bands. The device, expected to retail for about $250, has a bit of a smoother look than its previous incarnation and still monitors heart rates, tracks calories, serves as a GPS and will even provide smart notifications through iOS or Android.

Microsoft is pitching the band as the perfect wearable for the fitness buff or even those simply hoping to get a better handle on their daily activity routines.

Creating a lot of buzz has been Microsoft’s new Smartphones and Tuesday’s unveiling of the 950 and 950 XL Windows 10 Lumia smartphones only added fuel to the fire. The phones will retail for $550 and $650 for the two different models.

These appear to be the flagship phones for Microsoft and both feature 3 GBs of RAM, feature Snapdragon processors and come with 20MP PureView cameras on the rear, with optical image stabilization and a 5MP wide angle on the front.

Yet, arguably the coolest news out of Tuesday’s event was Microsoft’s announcement its HoloLens headset will be shipping to software developers in the early part of 2016. The virtual reality headset will cost $3,000 in the developer edition and, reported, is not intended for consumers.

“Whether it’s for productivity, health care, design, or entertainment, HoloLens creates experiences that aren’t possible on any other device, or any other platform,” Terry Myerson, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices group, was quoted as saying by¬†CNet .


W. Brice McVicar is a staff writer for SiteProNews.