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FYI: Microsoft Band now with MapMyRide/Strava

Old 04-23-15, 09:27 PM
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FYI: Microsoft Band now with MapMyRide/Strava

Not sure I have any interest in this, came across this info from the Redmondians:

"We’ve also learned that cycling has increasingly become an area of interest for the general population and something our customers are interested in tracking – and have already been enjoying as part of the functionality of the Microsoft Band. The U.S. Census Bureau reported the number of people who commute to work by bicycle has increased about 60 percent over the past decade. Building upon our Bike Tile introduction in February, we are thrilled to expand cycling functionality through partnerships with popular Bike apps, MapMyRide and Strava. Starting on April 23, Microsoft Band customers will be able to wear their device during rides and compare performance or share routes with other riders using these apps."

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MS Band customers can already compare performance and share routes with Strava and MMR using their phones...?
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It is a significant update: enhanced functionalities, including Strava and MapMyRide ones; and the key innovations are extensive analytics, especially through Microsoft Cloud integration, and greater third-party and other-platform integration. Check out this report, noting the bullets below the Strava ad: Microsoft Health and Band Updates Bring New Cycling App Integrations, Insights and Features
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One of the bullets is: "VO2 Max: VO2 max refers to the maximum volume of oxygen used during exercise, and is the primary indicator of cardiovascular fitness. Traditionally, measuring VO2 Max is cumbersome. Not anymore. Microsoft Band estimates VO2 max based on heart rate information. Now customers can track how their VO2 max increases as they improve fitness level and achieve their wellness goals, simply."

Firstbeat (Garmin, Polar, Suunto, etc) require heart and power to calculate cycling VO2max. How is Microsoft able to do it with just heart? Or is that only for running?
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