Microsoft made quite some splash recently with the launch of the Band, the company’s first wearable. A Windows powered smartwatch may still be on the cards, but this device has been a hit.
Reports and user reviews indicated that this is actually a remarkably well designed product.
However, the device was only available in limited numbers at first, last month, and has been more or less listed as out of stock on the official Microsoft stock website — which is to say that it was downright impossible to find one seven days after launch.
This led some to believe that Redmond purposefully produce small quantities of the device. Not just to keep up with the demand, but also in an attempt to show that the device is successful.
A Microsoft worker even reportedly said that the company only had 5,000 Bands available at launch.
Seems like a very small number for something developed by Redmond, and rightly so, the company responded upon contact, with a spokesperson releasing this statement:
“We are excited by the response we have seen to Microsoft Band but Microsoft does not comment on production volumes. We don’t officially share or comment on specific numbers but, so you’re aware, we have built and have sold well beyond 5,000 units.”
The company further emphasized that it is working hard to make the Band available again, although there is no clear indication when the wearable would once again be up for grabs.
Let’s just hope soon.