Microsoft Band

So just when I was ready to call it quits on hoping for a wearable that works with Windows Phone out comes a wearable. Microsoft has announce the Microsoft Band.

All the functionality of a fitness device plus you can stay productive with it too with alert notifications. The companion app, Microsoft Health for Windows Phone, can be found here. But it also is supported on iOS & Android. Funny that Microsoft is the one to release a cross-platform wearable...cough...apple...cough.

Also from my Twitter sources I have heard that the Microsoft Band will also support other wearable devices coming in January. I am personally hoping to have support for the Pebble. Once I scrape up $200 I will get one & post about my experience. If you get one tell me about it on Twitter. I have also heard rumbling about an SDK but nothing confirmed. Thanks! 

Two-Step Verification

So I recently enabled Two-Step Verification on my Microsoft accounts. Soon after that Outlook was prompting me for a password repeatedly and not accepting my usual password. Great! Now what?

A simple Bing search revealed that these apps have no way of prompting you for a code like say a website. The same goes for a mobile device like my Windows Phone. Below is a link explaining what I just said in a little more detail.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/app-passwords-two-step-verification

Also for Two-Step verification, make sure you grab the Microsoft Authenticator app. Microsoft has an app for the Windows Phone and Android but none for the iPhone and from what I have found there is no Windows App either. Fortunately you can use the Google Authenticator app for the iPhone and Windows device with your Microsoft Accounts.

Microsoft Authenticator App for Windows Phone
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/authenticator/e7994dbc-2336-4950-91ba-ca22d653759b

Microsoft Authenticator App for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.msa.authenticator

Google Authenticator for iPhone
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-authenticator/id388497605?mt=8

Google Authenticator for Windows
http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/google-authenticator/7ea6de74-dddb-47df-92cb-40afac4d38bb

So in all it's all good stuff to have this Two-Step verification set up. Just be prepared to be pestered to setup some apps with it. I will also get a post up about how to create an App password for each app or device that needs one. Thanks!