Microsoft's MSN head to depart

Microsoft's head of its MSN web portal, Scott Moore, will now be leaving the company for an unknown job position. AllThingsD.com was the first to report that Moore will leave Microsoft but so far the company itself has yet to confirm the news.  Moore became the content head for Microsoft and for MSN.com back in early 2009. He previously worked at Microsoft on its now defunct Slate online magazine and then left to join Yahoo before returning to Microsoft again.

During his time as head of MSN, Moore led the move to overhaul the site later in 2009. Those changes included adding more content for its News, Sports, Finance, Lifestyle and Entertainment sections along with better integration with its Bing Internet search service. Microsoft also launched the popular Wonderwall celebrity web site during Moore's tenure, although development of that site was underway before Moore came on board.

There's no word on who would be replacing Moore as head of Microsoft's MSN portal. The web site still is one of the most visited sites on the Internet. However, AllthingsD.com speculates that Microsoft may not have given MSN as much attention in recent years, in part due to Microsoft's push to make the Bing search service more popular. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft treats the MSN web portal in the months to come.

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Microsoft's web services are overly confusing and cannibalize one another. Bing, MSN, Windows Live, Passport, Hotmail, and I'm probably missing a few others. Does Microsoft want me to go to Bing or MSN to perform a search? I'm not sure, because they advertise both websites on TV (Bing commercials, Fox Sports on the MSN Network, MSNBC, etc.). It's just completely unnecessary to have so many different offerings. I can go to Yahoo.com or Google.com and access any of their services in just one or two clicks. With Microsoft, I have to remember which one of their sites to go to depending on which service I want to access. They need to streamline their web services if they want to remain competitive.

ryanmcv said,
Microsoft's web services are overly confusing and cannibalize one another. Bing, MSN, Windows Live, Passport, Hotmail, and I'm probably missing a few others. Does Microsoft want me to go to Bing or MSN to perform a search? I'm not sure, because they advertise both websites on TV (Bing commercials, Fox Sports on the MSN Network, MSNBC, etc.). It's just completely unnecessary to have so many different offerings. I can go to Yahoo.com or Google.com and access any of their services in just one or two clicks. With Microsoft, I have to remember which one of their sites to go to depending on which service I want to access. They need to streamline their web services if they want to remain competitive.

I agree with you.

ryanmcv said,
Microsoft's web services are overly confusing and cannibalize one another. Bing, MSN, Windows Live, Passport, Hotmail, and I'm probably missing a few others. Does Microsoft want me to go to Bing or MSN to perform a search? I'm not sure, because they advertise both websites on TV (Bing commercials, Fox Sports on the MSN Network, MSNBC, etc.). It's just completely unnecessary to have so many different offerings. I can go to Yahoo.com or Google.com and access any of their services in just one or two clicks. With Microsoft, I have to remember which one of their sites to go to depending on which service I want to access. They need to streamline their web services if they want to remain competitive.

At the top of the screen you can go to any of the sites, no matter which one you load first. Hotmail - MSN link right at top of page and the other way around.

MSN is a portal site for aggregating news and information; although it has been poorly done, it has more features than people realize.

Bing is the search - no matter what site you use, Bing is doing the work.

Hotmail and Live are the same. This is why you can get yourname@live.com

Live is the social portal, showing your inbox, facebook basics, etc signing you into messenger.

I recommend that users make Live.com their 'place' they drop into, and then everything is available from there, including Office Online, Skydrive, MSN, etc.

I agree with the confusion though, as it makes it messy, but also remember BY LAW Microsoft had to keep many of these features and services 'separate', as even links or any type of integration violated their Anti-trust settlement. This is dissolving now, which gives Microsoft the ability to clean things up even more.

Look for Live.com to become the backbone of everything Microsoft for the consumer.

MSN is a portal, so it needs to stay but a Hotmail sign out should redirect to Bing. Although I hardly sign out at all these days.

They really need to roll MSN into bing. They have too many differently branded web based offerings. They should all be rolled into one another to one cohesive experience. Like google's search, google+, etc