Microsoft discontinuing Windows 8.1 MSN apps

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We reported 2 weeks ago that Microsoft was advancing the shutdown of app updates for Windows 8 via the Microsoft Store.

That operating system would now stop receiving app updates on the 1st July 2019, instead of the earlier 1st July 2023.

It appears the change would also affect other support for Windows 8.1. In particular, Microsoft has started warning Windows 8.1 users that the MSN apps will be shutting down on the 3rd June 2019.

The message (translated), which can be seen above (from Twitter user Brawl), states:

Important NOTE

The MSN News App will be discontinued on Monday, June 3, 2019. The app may after this date no longer be opened. We thank you for your interest in the app and for us spent time.

Both the MSN News and Weather apps are displaying the notifications.

Windows 8 went out of mainstream support on January 9, 2018, and will leave Extended Support on January 10, 2023.  It is however still used by more than 4% of desktop users (around 60 million people), who will hopefully be motivated to update to a more supported operating system.


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