Microsoft Band support ends May 31, some owners eligible for refunds

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More than two years after taking its Band fitness tracker off the market, Microsoft is killing off the accompanying health service for good.

In an on-site post, Microsoft announced "the end of support for the Microsoft Health Dashboard applications and service".

The first Microsoft Band broke cover in 2014. However, the company had said that it was "committed to" supporting its existing customers.

If you still have the Microsoft Band app installed after the service has reached the end of support, it will simply stop working as Microsoft will completely pull the plug from the backend supporting the service.

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In an interesting move, though, Microsoft is allowing the dedicated people who've continued using the Band after it was discontinued to apply for refunds on the hardware. Come May 31, any data in the Microsoft Health Dashboard will be deleted. According to Microsoft, Band owners will still be able to use the wearable to record their daily activity data, such as runs and hikes, as well as health info like heart rate and steps. Microsoft says it'll send an email to eligible users who'll be able to claim their refunds until August 30th.

For owners of the original device, Microsoft will pay out $80, and Band 2 owners will get $175.

Though Microsoft discontinued the Band in 2016, it kept the online app services running so that owners could continue using the devices if they pleased. It will refund all users whose devices are still under warranty. The only stipulation is that you have to have synced a Band to the app between December 1st, 2018, and March 1st, 2019, meaning it'll be limited to only active users.