Important notice: MSN apps on Windows 8.1 Phone

Three of our MSN apps for Windows 8.1 Phone will be decommissioned on February 14, 2020. Data stored within those apps will no longer be available. If you wish to keep your data, follow the guidelines at the bottom of this notice before February 14, 2020.

The apps to be decommissioned are:

  • MSN News

  • MSN Weather

  • MSN Sports


You’ll still find a wealth of content in the News, Weather and Sports sections of the MSN.com website. Furthermore, there is no impact to the MSN apps for Windows 10, Android and iOS.

How do I keep my data?

Good news: Your data is automatically carried over to MSN apps on other platforms or on MSN.com via your Microsoft account.

To ensure that the data is carried over, sign into your Microsoft account on your Windows 8.1 Phone MSN app.

You will be able to see the data carried over once you use the equivalent app and sign in with the same Microsoft account on Windows 10, Android or iOS. You can also visit MSN.com and see the data in the applicable web section (News, Weather, Sports) after you are signed in.

What data is at risk of being lost?

If action is not taken by February 14, 2020, all user-specific data to the decommissioned apps will no longer be available.


Data that will be decommissioned includes:

  • MSN News: Interests

  • MSN Weather: Favorite Places

  • MSN Sports: Favorite Sports Leagues and Teams

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