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The Microsoft Band is breaking up - apps to be removed from stores in May

It's been over two years since Microsoft stopped selling the Band 2, with no Band 3 to succeed it. Today, it's finally the end of the line for the firm's Band fitness trackers and its Health platform, as it sent an email to users today announcing the end of life.

Beginning May 31, the Microsoft Health Dashboard will be shut down, and all of the Microsoft Band apps will be removed from their app stores, including the Microsoft Store, App Store, and Google Play Store.

The email also links to an FAQ that throws an error, but luckily the page does exist. You can export all of your data from the Health Dashboard until the end of May, after which Microsoft says it will be deleted. There are instructions to do that here.

Interestingly, Microsoft is offering refunds to Band users. All you need is to either have a Band that's covered under warranty, or have been an active user between December 1 and today, with an active user being described as someone who has worn the fitness band on their wrist and synced it with the Health Dashboard. For the original Band, you'll be entitled to $79.99, and for the Band 2, you'll be entitled to $175. You must claim your refund by the end of August, and Microsoft will email you with instructions.

Band products will continue to work for anything that isn't connected to the cloud, such as step and heart rate tracking, activity data, sleep tracking, and alarms. Of course, you won't be able to actually use the app anymore. The app won't work after May 31.

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