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Microsoft to close down Remix 3D platform by early 2020

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Remix 3D will be ‘retiring’ on January 20, 2020 and all user content will be deleted

Microsoft’s Remix 3D, a website created for users to browse, upload, and download 3D objects will come to a close on January 20, 2020, media reports said. Microsoft had launched Remix 3D in 2017 as part of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, in addition to Paint 3D.

The website is now discontinued and used to allow users to retail their own 3D assets and have other acquire them through Paint 3D. A message on the website said “We will be retiring on January 10, 2020 and all user content will be deleted. Please download any of your 3D models that you want to save,” reaffirming Microsoft’s decision to close down the platform. 

In an FAQ, Microsoft asked its users to shift to its OneDrive platform which is ‘the ideal platform for sharing your 3D models’, in a hope to ‘streamline our offerings in this space’. The FAQ said, “Once the site is no longer available, Microsoft will delete all user-generated 3D models and associated metadata from its systems.”

Users will be able to upload to the platform only till August 7, 2019. Microsoft’s shares rose 14 percent to 30.6 billion in the fourth quarter and it hit $1.1 trillion market valuation this year. In June, the company’s shares dipped to $119.01 and bounced back to $138.40 later that month. 

Although Microsoft is popular for its Windows operating system, the company has generated more profits from Azure cloud services and Office software package. Azure is likely to increase Microsoft’s market share in cloud business and platform services to 25 percent in 2025, Cowen analysts said. 

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