We knew Microsoft has been working on a fitness band for some time now, anticipation grew rapidly as we urged for a cross-platform smartband that worked with Cortana, but now that the Microsoft Band has been unveiled, they just can’t seem to stay on shelves. A blessing for Microsoft, a curse for those with bare wrists.
Yesterday, after confirming that the software giant has sold “well beyond” the speculated 5000 units in the initial batch of Bands made available to customers, Microsoft announced that they will be selling a “limited amount” of Bands today (November 18). According to a tweet by Microsoft’s Major Nelson, the Band was back in stock at around 9AM Eastern, and as of the time of writing (2PM Eastern on November 18), all sizes of the Band are out of stock once more.
It took just under 3 weeks to replenish stock since the first batch sold out, so unless Microsoft sped up its manufacturing process, you can expect the Band to come back in another three weeks. As to the real reason why the fitness tracker is in such short supply, your guess is as good as ours. One thing is for sure though, the Microsoft Band is selling faster than hotcakes.
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— Larry Hryb (@majornelson) November 18, 2014