Hands-on: Microsoft's fitness band

The new Microsoft Band is a "device like none other", according to Matt Barlow, the company's general manager for new devices.

It tracks heartbeat and footsteps, but also combines email and messages from a smartphone.

But is it too ugly to be popular? The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones put that suggestion to Mr Barlow ahead of the device's international launch.

Follow Rory Cellan-Jones on Twitter @BBCRoryCJ

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