Microsoft has announced on Friday that it is going to terminate a number of apps which have little use before the company releases its highly anticipated Windows 10 operating system later this month, with the list including Photosynth, MSN Travel, MSN Food & Drink or MSN Health & Fitness.
The software giant has clarified that it will be only the app versions which will get the axe, on any type of operating systems they ran on: Windows, Android or iOS. Other related media, such as the website in the case of MSN Health & Fitness, will be kept active.
This means that how the functionality of each feature in particular will be affected depends on how much it relied on its app version. Microsoft have confirmed that the Photosynth.net website will be maintained and the feature can be accessed through it.
“We regularly evaluate our business to ensure we’re focused on the areas where our users find the most value,” Microsoft said in a statement. “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 most peculiar of the announcements concerned the MSN Health & Fitness app, which tracks exercise stats such as running distance or the number of calories burned, and seemed to be the basis of the company’s foray into exercise gadgets and companions. The app was designed for use with the Microsoft band; it also offered the possibility of using your phone as a cheap alternative to a pricy device, albeit with its motion tracking limitations included.
Its website, which will probably be maintained, only offers some general news and tips on health and fitness, and the possibility of hosting an incognito tracker instead of the app is probably not even considered. Apparently, all the data stored by users on the app will be dumped on November 1st this year.
This is just another confusing announcement Microsoft have made in the last period, with Windows 10 nearing its release. The software giant has also generated a heap of confusion and misunderstanding on how on to whom is it going to offer its upcoming operating system for free. Windows 10 releases worldwide on July 29th, and will apparently be available as a free licensed upgrade to legit Windows 7 and 8 users and as a non-licensed one to Windows Insider participants and those who use pirated version of the software.
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