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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