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Microsoft to Kill Off Windows 8.1 MSN Apps Next Month

Microsoft is now getting ready for another important milestone concerning users running earlier versions of Windows.

 

Microsoft is now getting ready for another important milestone concerning users running earlier versions of Windows.

 
The company will retire its MSN apps for Windows 8.1 as soon as the next month, with warnings now displayed to users who still run them.

MSN News and Weather will thus go dark on June 3, and the download links will be removed, which means you can no longer install them on new devices after this date. The app will also stop working on devices where they are already installed at some point in the near future.

As German site DrWindows noted, Microsoft is also getting ready to kick the Microsoft Store for Windows 8.0 offline this summer.

Needless to say, users are recommended to switch to Windows 10 where all the apps are still supported and continue running fine. On Windows 10, the MSN News app has been replaced with Microsoft News, a completely overhaul application, while the Weather app provides nearly the same functionality with support for live tiles and more.
 
No app updates for Windows 8
 
The next major milestone for Windows 8.1 apps, at least according to Microsoft, takes place in July 2023.

“July 1st, 2023 – Microsoft will stop distributing app updates to Windows 8.1 devices. You’ll still be able to publish updates to all apps (including those with Windows 8.1 packages). However, these updates will only be made available to Windows 10 devices,” Microsoft notes in an announcement.

The July 1, 2019 deadline, on the other hand, only concerns Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8, albeit according to today’s report, MSN apps for Windows 8.1 would be retired as well a month earlier.

According to Microsoft’s original schedule, the company will stop distributing app updates to Windows Phone 8.x and Windows 8 devices beginning with July this year. All updates will make their way to Windows 10 just fine.
 
 
 
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Guess most windows 8.1 users, who make up about the 4.4% of the OS universe are not caring much about MSN and its apps. OK, it's just my opinion. I've deleted long ago all this MSN stuff  from my Windows 10 laptop. Just, for example, take MSN News! There are any number of much better news sites than MSN! Managing email? I don't need any, I'm quie happy with my gmail webmail. Games? I'm not a "gamer". And so on. So, I prefered a "clean" screen!

By the way, I understand that there is a Windows 7 screen emulator for Windows 8.1. I only used Windows 8.1 for a couple of days, just testing ia computer which came with Windows 8 and I helped to update it to windows 8.1, so I'm nothig near to a "windows 8.1 expert. This application gives it the neat look of Windows 7, with its "traditional" start menu, avoiding those messy "squares" and many windows 8.1 users prefer it.

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