Microsoft to shutter MSN Health & Fitness app, but Microsoft Health app to stay

By Aditi Pai
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MSN Health & FitnessMicrosoft has announced that it will discontinue three of its MSN apps: MSN Health & Fitness, MSN Food and Drink, and MSN Travel, which are available on Windows Phone, Android, and iOS. The shutterings will not affect Microsoft Health, a separate app that connects to the Microsoft Band.

"We regularly evaluate our business to ensure we’re focused on the areas where our users find the most value," the company 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."

While Microsoft will shut down MSN Food & Drink and MSN Travel on September 28th, the company will discontinue MSN Health & Fitness on November 1st.

Microsoft first announced MSN Health & Fitness as Bing Health & Fitness in July 2013.

MSN Health & Fitness allows users to browse exercise videos, including yoga and pilates, learn about human anatomy, track their diet, monitor their cardio workouts, access a symptom checker, and learn about medical procedures and drugs. The app also connects to Microsoft's HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors.

In October 2014, Microsoft launched another health and fitness app, called Microsoft Health, which connects to the company's activity tracker, Microsoft Band. The app offers a cloud-based platform that syncs data from not only the Microsoft Band but also other fitness apps including Jawbone, Gold’s Gym, Runkeeper, Under Armour’s MapMyFitness, and MyFitnessPal. The Microsoft Health app also syncs to Microsoft HealthVault as well. Unlike MSN Health and Fitness, Microsoft Health does not track nutrition.