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Microsoft Redesigns MSN Portal
The redesign, which has been in the works for months, bears quite a
bit of resemblance to the one that Microsoft had been testing in
Microsoft late Tuesday began rolling out the new MSN home page
], which it says will become widely
available in the U.S. early in 2010.
With its new look, the home page has about half as many links as the
previous incarnation, focusing instead on a few categories, such as
video, news, shopping, and search.
The old site had dozens of text links at the top and bottom of the
page for everything from horoscopes to white pages to a free trial of
MSN's dial-up Internet service.
The company has, in the past, tried to make changes that its users saw
as too radical, such as a 2007 overhaul of Hotmail that the company
was forced to significantly scale back. Visse said he isn't as worried
about that, given that users were already complaining that the site
was both dated and overstuffed with links.
"We were, frankly, at a point where customers are complaining about
the clutter," he said.
Microsoft is also trying to tap into the popularity of social
networks, adding a column on the right-hand side that lets users peek
at their Windows Live, Twitter, and Facebook feeds, and even update
their status or post a tweet. As before, users can also see a preview
of their Hotmail in-box.
But it will take its time in jumping on the Web apps bandwagon, with
plans to offer several Silverlight-based apps on the right-hand side
of the redesigned page at a later date. In the past, MSN users have
not customized their pages to a large degree, and so Microsoft is
going to take a wait-and-see approach before it decides whether it
will roll out more apps than the Windows Live, Twitter, and Facebook
apps available at launch...
On Oct 23, 8:19*pm, winston wrote:
> Could be regional or a localized server issue or intermittent.
> Tried with three Live ID's. One never used for Hotmail, one third party email address registered as a Live ID(no Hotmail account),
> and finally one with an extensively used Hotmail account at both My.msn.com and Home.live.com
> They all load the My.Msn.com and Home.live.com page, but last Live ID's Hotmail content module was not updated (My.msn.com) nor is
> the Custom Details option available, yet the four options(compose, inbox,contacts, and calendar all redirect properly)...same
> results with IE6 on XP, IE7 Vista, IE8 Win7... All IE's(begrudgingly <g>)were set to default security settings prior to access.
> If I navigate while still signed on with that same Hotmail account Live ID to Home.live.com, the Mail status shows 'Your inbox is
> empty right now' when in fact accessing the Inbox shows 6 messages.
> Lol...Returning to either page (my.msn.com or home.live.com) without signing off, yields acceptable results...everything updated
> and accessible. Go figure.
> *My.Live.com (which refers to the modules as gadgets) and more user configurable for controlling content(tabs called pages are used
> for different subject categories) functioned without issue for Hotmail and other gadgets(News, Sports, Weather, iTunes)
> "Bruce Hagen" wrote:
>> FYI: I have a Windows Live ID, but have never used Hotmail and have the same issue. Apparently, it is not just a Hotmail user