Microsoft is killing MSN Food & Drink, Health & Fitness and Travel apps (updated with official statement)

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Earlier this evening, we reported that Microsft is discontinuing the Photosynth app for Windows Phone (and iOS). Now, Microsoft is also killing MSN Food & Drink, Health & Fitness and Travel apps alongside Photosynth. Microsoft revealed that the company will be discontinuing MSN Food & Drink app on Windows, iOS and Android devices on September 28, 2015, while the MSN Health & Fitness app on Windows, iOS and Android devices will be discontinued on November 1, 2015 and the MSN Travel app will be discontinued on September 28, 2015.

For those wondering if Microsoft will be discontinuing the MSN News, Weather, Sports and Money apps, don’t fret – the company will be supporting these four apps with Windows 10. Here’s the company’s full statement (sent via email to users):

We wanted to let you know of some changes. Three of our MSN apps will be discontinued this fall along with some features on the MSN Food & Drink and MSN Health & Fitness websites.

If you have stored any of your data in the apps or on the affected websites, please read important instructions below to retrieve that data before the apps and features are discontinued and your data Is no longer accessible.

MSN Food & Drink, MSN Health & Fitness and MSN Travel apps will be discontinued

  • The MSN Food & Drink app on Windows, iOS and Android devices will be discontinued on September 28, 2015.
  • The MSN Health & Fitness app on Windows, iOS and Android devices will be discontinued on November 1, 2015.
  • The MSN Travel app will be discontinued on September 28, 2015.

These MSN apps will be removed from their respective app stores in the same timeframe as the dates above and will no longer be accessible from your phone, desktop, and tablet devices. Although the apps are being removed, you’ll still find a wealth of content in the Health & Fitness, Travel and Food & Drink sections of the MSN.com website. Here, you’ll find the latest news and special features for all three of these interests.

You can also continue to use our other four apps – MSN News, MSN Weather, MSN Sports and MSN Money – and to find them in their respective app stores.

MSN Food & Drink and MSN Health & Fitness website changes

  • The Shopping List and Collections features on the MSN Food & Drink website will be discontinued on September 28, 2015.
  • The Diet Tracker and Cardio Tracker on the MSN Health and Fitness website will be discontinued on November 1, 2015.

How to keep your data

Once these apps and MSN website features are discontinued, the information you’ve stored in them will no longer be available. If you’d like to keep your data, please take a few moments before the discontinuation date to store it elsewhere. This data includes the following:

  • MSN Food & Drink: Shopping List, Collections, Meal Plans and any personal recipes you have added
  • MSN Health & Fitness: Diet Tracker, Cardio Tracker, Pedometer and Favorites
  • MSN Travel: Favorites

For more details on how to save or migrate this data, please click here for tips and instructions.

Thank you for using our apps as well as our website features – and we hope to see you soon at MSN.com.

UPDATE: A Microsoft spokesperson has reached out to us revealing why the company is shutting down the apps. Here’s the statement:

“Due to lower usage, we’ve made the decision to shut down Health & Fitness, Food & Drink and Travel, which were launched last December as well as the Photosynth app. We regularly evaluate our business to ensure we’re focused on the areas where our users find the most value. 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.”

It’ll be very interesting to see if Microsoft plans to bring these apps back as some of them are quite popular and loved by Windows users. What do you think? Discuss in the comment section below!

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