Microsoft Band 2 grabs new Heart Rate Zones feature in latest update

Microsoft has pushed out a new firmware update for the Band 2 along with a software update for the Microsoft Health Companion app for Windows Phone users and the new Windows 10 app.

The big new feature is Heart Rate Zones, which many users have asked for since Band 2 was released.

The latest update for the Microsoft Band 2 will allow users to monitor their heart rate zones, perfect for aerobic exercise

For aerobic exercising, it is recommended that your heart rate be between 65% and 85% of the maximum rate. With the new feature, you’ll be able to see at a glance if you’re comfortably in the right zone, or if you’ve exerted yourself too much. The update includes a fix for a repeat SMS bug that affects Android users with the Microsoft Band 2, and gives these same Android users access to Cortana via the wearable.

The Microsoft Band 2 works with Android, iOS and Windows 10 Mobile powered smartphones, and the update will be found in the appropriate version of the Microsoft Health app. A new Explore tile has recently been added for hikers and cyclists, and a $75 discount on the device taking the price down to $174.99 in the Microsoft Store, has been expanded to July 9th.