In yet another show of effort to no longer bother with their own branded smartphone or watch, Microsoft has officially announced the “end of support” (discontinuation) window for their Band and Health apps for mobile devices.
After the terrible results of the Microsoft Band and Band 2 watches, Microsoft wasn’t doing so well in this area. The Microsoft Band had a chance of becoming something software-wise, but the quality assurance just wasn’t factored into the mix, resulting in a band that physically fell apart. To pour salt on the wound, very few developers were jumping on the bandwagon (pun), leaving the Band in the same hole that Windows Phone found itself in. Just like the Band, the Windows Phone had a LOT of potential and a wonderful user interface. However, no one bothered to support the OS and eventually Microsoft gave up after numerous tries. That was a sad sad run of events that could have turned into something great if Microsoft pushed a little harder to get involved with developers to promote the mobile OS.
Now, they are taking the final steps of completely stepping out of the fitness side of things by scrapping their Band and Health apps. Support will end on 5/31/2019, where the apps will be removed from all mobile app stores (Microsoft, Google Play and Apple Store). No updates, support or anything else will be offered to anyone who still has the app installed on their device. The app may not even allow you to use it past this window.
So if you have been still trying to hang on to the use of these apps, it is time to let them go and move onto something else. Chances are, Apple and Google have absolutely no intent of letting their’s go anytime soon, making them a sure bet from here.