Microsoft Band Tip: Use the Microsoft Health Dashboard

Posted on March 15, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft-Band with 0 Comments

Microsoft Band users can access a personalized Microsoft Health web dashboard that provides more detailed information about your fitness and activity than does the Microsoft Health mobile app.

Note: This article is excerpted from my free e-book, Microsoft Band Field Guide, which you can download in PDF, ePub and Mobi formats from the Field Guide Books web site. Thanks for reading! –Paul

In addition to the Microsoft Health mobile app for Android handsets, iPhone and Windows Phone, Microsoft also provides a Microsoft Health web site with a personalized dashboard that provides similar information about your fitness and activity. But the web dashboard differs from the mobile app version of Microsoft Health in two key ways. It is of course oriented for the larger, landscape-oriented PC and tablet screens you probably use at work and home. And it provides a lot more information, with more detail trends over longer periods of time and more detailed charts.

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The Microsoft Health dashboard is pretty straightforward. But here are a few unique things you can do here.

See your trophies. Microsoft Health keeps track of your “bests” for Run, Exercise, Bike, and other activities so you can relive your top moments and try to beat them next time.

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See more data. In the mobile app, you can view information for a day or week, but the web dashboard adds a complete month view as well, and provides more information about activity.

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See more detailed observations. With the ability to see and work with more data, the Microsoft Health web dashboard also provides more detailed observations. For example, in the Calories view, you can see a breakdown of your exercise- and non-exercise activity calorie expenditures, and can compare your goal with your actual calorie output over a day, week or month.

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I’ll be updating Microsoft Band Field Guide today to version 1.02. This update includes new information about the Microsoft Health web dashboard and the new Bike tile.