What you need to know
- Liquid Daffodil today officially retired its Microsoft Band apps.
- Fanband, Bandsider, and parts of Cortanium are all affected due to certain SDK features ceasing to work.
- Microsoft Band hasn't been a focus for Microsoft for some time, and the company dropped support for its own Band apps and services at the end of May.
Liquid Daffodil, one of the most prominent developers to support the Microsoft Band in its heyday, has officially retired its Band apps. The move comes following Microsoft's cessation of support for its own Band apps and services on May 31.
All told, Liquid Daffodil's move will see Fanband, Bandsider, and parts of its Cortanium app discontinued. The apps will no longer be available starting today.
Band hasn't been a focus for Microsoft for some time, and the retirement of Microsoft's own apps and services seemed like the final nail in the coffin. That seems to be what influenced Liquid Daffodil to end support for its slate of Band apps. "There have been changes on the Microsoft side that are preventing some critical SDK features from functioning, which has required us to disable services," the company told us.
"We'd love to thank all our fans for the great feedback and reviews over the years for our Microsoft Band apps, and if (for some reason) fans do not feel they've gotten their $1.99 worth out of the app over the years, to contact us (via in-app support) and we will send out a full refund," Liquid Daffodil says.
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These were the real heroes of the Microsoft ecosystem. Rest well, warriors, see you in Valhalla.
Agreed. This is a great developer.
Sad news; it makes me wonder how many people still use a Band. I had to retire mine when it refused to charge anymore. I'm still looking for a viable replacement.
I still use a Band 2.
I've moved onto the Fitbit Charge (2nd Gen) it is a decent replacement.
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