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Microsoft to drop some MSN Apps

Microsoft is in continuous change and it seems that the famous company's latest move was to kill off
some of the MSN branded apps. The tech giant claimed that this was one of the toughest choices that its leadership had to do.

So, Microsoft claimed that in the coming months it will drop a number of MSN-branded apps and the
famous company has already started to notify customers on the changes. This means that MSH Health & Fitness, Travel and Food & Drink users will get notifications from Microsoft informing them on the company's decision to discontinue the apps. The tech giant is making these changes now as it is actually selling the Bing map-data-collection assets to Uber.

At the same time, Microsoft claimed that it will end support for Photosynth, which has actually been a popular app that users accessed to create panoramic pictures. However, most likely these apps were not that accessed after all, as Microsoft seems to have lost its interest in them. Actually, this is also pretty much what the company has claimed.


"We regularly evaluate our business to ensure we're focused on the areas where our users find the most value," a Microsoft statement said.

"We will continue to support those apps with broad consumer appeal including News, Weather, Sports and Money, which will be made available as apps on Windows 10 and will remain cross platform," the same statement added.

Well, users who have been enjoying accessing the Photosynth app should not worry as this decision does not mean that they will no longer be able to use it. However, there will be no new updates issued for it and this means that at a certain point the app will no longer be compatible with devices that upgrade their operating systems. Of course, the changes will not affect the Photosynth website, which users will still be able to access.

In fact, the same thing remains valid when it comes to the other apps discontinued by Microsoft. The
Food & Drink, as well as the Travel app, will be officially discontinued on September 28, although users will be able to still access them in case they do not update their operating systems. The Health & Fitness app will be discontinued on November 1.

However, according to Microsoft the reason why these apps will be discontinued is linked to the lack of impressive engagement from customers. So, most likely not many users accessed these apps, meaning that Microsoft fans are probably not upset with the famous company. Moreover, users who do want to continue accessing them will be able to do so by not updating their OS as future OS updates will no longer come with support for these apps.

Some analysts seem to believe that now Microsoft may be focused on releasing something new. However, meanwhile the tech giant will maintain other MSN apps that include money, sports, news and weather apps, which are considered to be "more valuable".

"We will continue to support those apps with broad consumer appeal including News, Weather, Sports and Money, which will be made available as apps on Windows 10 and will remain cross platform," Microsoft's statement said.


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