MSN unveils new-look home page

Microsoft's MSN.com has undergone a clean up, focusing on a cleaner look and access to essential information.

MSN has also unveiled a new logo to complement the fresh looking web portal. The new site also allows Windows Live, Twitter, and Facebook users to easily update those services from the home page. MSN will also be offering inline high-quality streaming video, employing Silverlight technology, from more than 300 sources including Hulu, National Geographic and FOX Entertainment Group.

Microsoft is using the latest web technologies to power MSN.com to ensure the site loads seamlessly. An array of tabs are available for users to flick between content such as Sport, Finance and Games. The new layout is a radical shift from how MSN.com used to look when it first launched in 1995:

According to a Microsoft spokesperson the MSN home page receives 600 million customers worldwide every month, nearly 100 million in the U.S. alone. The new home page has 50 percent fewer links, and is focused on providing access to the information and services people care about most.

A preview of the new MSN look is available now and the new homepage will begin rolling out tomorrow and become widely available to over 100 million U.S. customers early next year.

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I think it looks great. I especially like how they made it modern but it doesn't have the web 2.0 look which I hate.

I have to admit, this new look is a lot better than the current one. It's more cleaner and easier to navigate.

I like the page layout, but the logo... ugh.

1. What's wrong with the old butterfly? It was actually a really nice logo, in my opinion. This one looks too tall and seems to be showing its side to the user.
2. Why the Bing-style stretched typeface?

The logo is nice, but the layout looks like a teenage girl's LiveJournal. The bright pastel colors, the butterflies... it's a little too feminine.

I love the new logo. yay for MS design team. Now let's work on the branding. Windows Azure MSN live! XP Business Professional Explorer Zune Powered Edition!

Not bad. Now all the need to do is fix all the tripe that gets posted to MSN under the guise of "articles." Usually it is a "general interest" topic like, "how to speak his language," or "what cell phone you need to be lusting over," or other similarly bland and inoffensive topic.

its really good, microsoft is taking the simplicity aspect everywhere, from Windows 7 to MSN, they seem to be getting back on track !

Master1 said,
its really good, microsoft is taking the simplicity aspect everywhere, from Windows 7 to MSN, they seem to be getting back on track !

Yup. They just need to settle on the branding. Windows Live, Bing, MSN... but at least it looks nice

hmmm, not sure. Then again, I'm not sure why they even keep the MSN brand going with the launch of Windows Live and Bing?

I don't like it. There's still just too much stuff bumped onto a single page and it doesn't look well-structured at all

I like it, why is it only the US homepage that will be getting the new look? I think all msn sites should have one consistent design... at the moment every msn homepage is different.

According to a BBC News article http://tr.im/E7VK the UK will see the new look MSN in 2010 along with other countries. According to the PressPass article (http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2009/nov09/11-03MSNPreview.mspx) “Today is an important transformation for MSN, and it’s only the beginning.” Hopefully that means the sub-sites will soon follow.
For one, I hope their photo galleries start to use AJAX so you don't have to constantly keep reloading the whole page just to see the next photo.

Wow, this is actually... appealing and usable

How much stuff is Microsoft going to do right this year? I know tons of people who keep this as their homepage, so this is a big deal.

Every site has ads. Most of them are served by Google, the site people consistently say they're sticking to.

insanelyapple said,
still with ads - no, thank you ms

and btw., msn butterfly doesnt look like butterfly anymore.


I don't see ads! What ads are you people talking about?

GreyWolfSC said,
Every site has ads. Most of them are served by Google, the site people consistently say they're sticking to. :)


That just boggled my mind!

thenonhacker said,



I don't see ads! What ads are you people talking about?


They are on the right. For example, the Walmart ad in the screencap.

ccoltmanm said,

They are on the right. For example, the Walmart ad in the screencap.

I don't see any ad. Is it because Microsoft bans Firefox from ads?

I'd use it if I could customise the content, like the BBC's webstie.

It doesn't have any "local news" and "local event" info on where I live so I might aswell just remove those boxes.

What I like is the hotmail widget & the facebook widget, basically. But I'll be keeping the BBC as my homepage for now.

I like it...but, I honestly think there's too much white on that page. When you've got a 1080p monitor, 50% of your monitor is just blank, white space. It detracts too much from the actual content...it's like my eyes don't really know where to focus.

They need to add some color on the sides, enclose the edges of the table, or need to do something...

ThomMcK said,
This means nothing for Live.
Live = Apps and services
MSN = news and info and a crap load of ads

Fixed it for you.

I love the logo. Very nice, but the site also looks a lot cleaner, fresher too. Although it might be bordering on so clean it will look bare!
Still very impressed though.

Wow. I like it a lot. I look forward to seeing this rolled out. The revised logo fits well with the new design of the site as well. Good job Microsoft! I think I'll be changing my home page to MSN.com again.

I actually really like the design, very clean, and Facebook/Twitter integration is good too. I use Bing as my search engine, so might actually change my homepage when it goes live.

BIG improvement! But it's not likely to get many people to give up their google page.

I used to used the igoogle page but went back to plain simple google because it loads faster and is less cluttered.

I'm guessing but I think the msn page is possibly way more wide spread than google as a homepage.

Don't forget, it is the default homepage for Internet Explorer and millions of people never bother changing it, especially as all browsers now have a built in search bar.

I hated installing IE8 onto a new machine and seeing users get the dated msn page. This is much more fitting for modern web design. Hopefully it will be rolled out internationally ASAP

Nah Google by a mile dude!

Unless you can show me somewhere MSN is listed as number 1
but i had a look around and im pretty sure its

1. Google
2. Yahoo
3. Live.com
4. msn.com
etc

PS: Site IE7 its been a option that comes up during setup/config to set you page and google is even listed amongst the providers so id imagine some ppl would change it....everyone i know uses Google.. except a few noobs that have it set too yahoo lol

I don't think there are official statistics for it.
Stats I've seen are for page hits rather than what is set as a homepage. Maybe some anti-spyware vendors have that info as they usually monitor when a homepage is changed as a sign of malicious intent.

Not really important to me. I use iGoogle but know plenty of people who use a blank page, msn, yahoo, facebook.
The design is a lot better but it does look quite generic. Maybe that's a good thing

Is msn even competing with Google realistically? Yahoo maybe but Google?

I'd say Live/Bing is the product they are pitting against Google. Msn is somewhere I would go for news and other things (yes I'm aware google has news searches too) and Google what I'd use for search.

It's rather nice and fits with the rest of Live theme. It's light and loads quickly, unlike Yahoo's new homepage.

it'd be nice if they got rid of those full screen pop up ads you see on ninemsn.com, man they are obtrusive.

Pretty nice actually, its surprising to actually see an MSN revision improving from the previous design. :P