IE10 exclusive version of MSN.com coming soon

With the launch of Windows 8 less than four weeks away, Microsoft has now announced that people who use Windows 8 and Windows RT will also be able to check out an exclusive version of the company's MSN.com website on that same day.

In a new post on the MSN.com blog, Microsoft said the new Windows 8/RT version of the site will be optimized to run on Internet Explorer 10. The blog states that the new design is made to work well with touch screen devices as well as traditional desktops. The blog adds that Windows 8 and IE 10 users should see an increase in speed and performance with the MSN.com page. It states:

Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast as the classic MSN web experience. You can use the Snap feature to snap a given page to the side of screen – say your favorite stock- while you engage in another program or page.

Microsoft also announced that it will launch a new section of MSN.com called MSN News alongside the Windows 8 revamp of the site, which it says will offer short news stories of between 300 to 500 words. It will also have new content partnerships with the Associated Press and Reuters.

Source: MSN.com blog | Images via Microsoft

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That looks great to me. But they really should release it as a WinRT app, too, not least so we have a decent tile if we pin it to our Start screen. I'd prefer everything I use to be a WinRT app instead of a website, so the more the better. Come on, Microsoft.

I hardly ever visit that site, and definitely not on purpose, that said, it is a nice clean looking site.
It kinda makes it sound like you can snap a page, but in reality you are snapping an app next to the browser.
It will be interesting if other websites pick up on using this style.

MSN is a relic of the web of yore, sure ... but it is still highly trafficked, meaning ad $$$. It's not a pointless venture.

A340600 said,
Speaking of IE10, is it coming to Windows 7?

Apparently, although no-one knows when as Microsoft haven't given a date!

Is Internet Explorer 10 coming to majority of people who are on Windows 7? If not, I will be using Google Chrome fulltime because I refuse to download Windows 8 on any of my computers.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Is Internet Explorer 10 coming to majority of people who are on Windows 7? If not, I will be using Google Chrome fulltime because I refuse to download Windows 8 on any of my computers.

yes, IE10 is for Win7 or later

JSYOUNG571 said,
I refuse to download Windows 8 on any of my computers.

Operating systems are installed. Unless you're talking about retrieving the installation package from an online source.

JSYOUNG571 said,
Is Internet Explorer 10 coming to majority of people who are on Windows 7? If not, I will be using Google Chrome fulltime because I refuse to download Windows 8 on any of my computers.

It has bugs right now. So the fact that they are keeping IE10 to a relatively small audience is a good thing.

Rappy said,
who remembers msn explorer? that awful browser!

I remember it and I actually liked it while on dial-up. Think I still have a copy of it somewhere.

Rappy said,
who remembers msn explorer? that awful browser!

I don't think it was that bad. But I definitely liked using the MSN service that you had to pay for back in the Windows 98 days. The interface that it used was a nice deviation from AOL, which was pretty much king at the time.

Rappy said,
who remembers msn explorer? that awful browser!

maybe technology-wise, but as a teenager I only used MSN Explorer ^^ Good ol' times

This is definitely thing that will make me switch from OS X to Windows 8, just so I can have the new exclusive version of MSN.com!

.Neo said,
This is definitely thing that will make me switch from OS X to Windows 8, just so I can have the new exclusive version of MSN.com!
Browser/OS exclusive attempts are a bit futile these days. It isn't hard to fake your user agent.

.Neo said,
This is definitely thing that will make me switch from OS X to Windows 8, just so I can have the new exclusive version of MSN.com!

MSN =/= MSNBC.

Tyler R. said,
Only time I see MSN is when I open up IE to download Chrome.

so that's the only address that doesn't get registered by spyware? :-P

Ryoken said,
Cut to Opera demanding a ballot screen as to which version of the site you see regardless of browser

and Microsoft getting sued for not having the option to use google as a default while in MSN

TPreston said,
MSN is so tacky i wish they would have killed it off

some people love tacky.. I agree with you except for MSN Now which I actually find not to bad ..