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The Microsoft Health app now lets you track steps and calories without a Microsoft Band

By Ng Chong Seng - on 29 Apr 2015, 9:23pm

The Microsoft Health app now lets you track steps and calories without a Microsoft Band

Microsoft has just released a rather huge update for its Microsoft Health app on the iTunes App Store, Google Play store, and Windows Phone Store today.

Besides a new heart icon made of squares, the updated health and fitness app now lets you track your steps and calories without the Microsoft Band, Microsoft’s own fitness tracker that was released in October last year. In other words, all you need now is your phone and its onboard sensors. For iOS, you need at least an iPhone 5S; for Android, your device needs to be running either KitKat or Lollipop; for a Windows Phone, it has to support SensorCore.

But if you do have a Microsoft Band and is a cyclist, the app now also lets you share your bike data with Strava and MapMyRide. The other new inclusion is the ability to auto-detect your sleep without you having to activate the Sleep tile manually. This is arguably the best feature in this update, as activating sleep tracking is something that one tends to forget.

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