Microsoft re-launches MSN with new look in the UK

Microsoft has launched a new version of its popular news and entertainment portal - MSN UK.

Following in the footsteps of the U.S. and Brazil, the new site features a simple design that integrates content from Facebook, Twitter and MSN's Video Player service. MSN UK also includes the new butterfly logo to keep it more up to date with its American counterpart. According to recent comScore data the MSN UK homepage attracts 20.6 million unique users each month. Peter Bale, MSN UK Executive Producer at Microsoft, said: “Our readers told us they wanted a homepage that downloaded faster, had the content they wanted easily to hand and helped them stay connected to their friends. The new-look homepage is their page and we hope they like it."

The MSN portal is ranked in the top 10 websites across the world, partly due to the fact it's the default homepage for new Internet Explorer installs. Matt Ball, editor of MSN UK, added: “The editorial team at MSN UK works extremely hard to bring users the latest in news, trends and compelling stories and features. Our content covers breaking news and topical issues, exclusive interviews, bespoke features and celebrity gossip - making MSN one of the UK’s favourite web portals.” 

The new homepage will go live on Tuesday 1 June at 8:30PM.  To test out the new look MSN UK and try out the features, go to www.msn.co.uk  or take a tour of the new features at www.tourmsn.co.uk

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Ugly, I would have thought Microsoft would have good designers, well... they've only just started to in their software lately haven't they.

What is the point to this. The US brought out a very clean minimalist design, and the UK gets this hodge podge halfway house of a design!

martinDTanderson said,
What is the point to this. The US brought out a very clean minimalist design, and the UK gets this hodge podge halfway house of a design!

I just went to MSN.com to see what you mean, their version is way better. Not cool Microsoft.

Edited by thealexweb, Jun 1 2010, 7:25pm :

thealexweb said,

I just went to MSN.com to see what you mean, their version is way better. Not cool Microsoft.

The worst part is I ALWAYS get redirected to that bull**** of a website because they think my Verizon FIOS connection is in their country! Everytime I clear my cookies, it starts up again somehow!

thealexweb said,

I just went to MSN.com to see what you mean, their version is way better. Not cool Microsoft.

Agree. It was probably a half hearted effort to save time and money

Electric Jolt said,

The worst part is I ALWAYS get redirected to that bull**** of a website because they think my Verizon FIOS connection is in their country! Everytime I clear my cookies, it starts up again somehow!

I think the version of MSN you get is determined by your windows language. Do you have it set to US English or British English?

BenIsaacs said,

Agree. It was probably a half hearted effort to save time and money

The msn.com version actually makes me want to visit that site again, msn.co.uk just makes think its the same old crap which I shall avoid.

freeeekyyy said,

I think the version of MSN you get is determined by your windows language. Do you have it set to US English or British English?

US English

martinDTanderson said,
What is the point to this. The US brought out a very clean minimalist design, and the UK gets this hodge podge halfway house of a design!

Yes, I dont understand why the UK version need about 200 tabs while the US one has 5 main ones, just looks confusing and uninviting.

thealexweb said,

I just went to MSN.com to see what you mean, their version is way better. Not cool Microsoft.

The UK version is the same that has been applied to Brazil. But eventough it does not look like the US (which is very nice), it is still better than the old one. Maybe they're doing this in steps (first give a more clean look without changing the colours and keeping the identity of the site, then they'll move it to something similar to the US version).

thealexweb said,

I just went to MSN.com to see what you mean, their version is way better. Not cool Microsoft.

Never makes sense either. Look at Dell's site for Canada/UK, then look at the US one. The US one looks like 95 and the UK/Canada one is really nice Web 2.0. Region variations in design is dumb.