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Stay in the know with the new fast and fluid MSN on iOS and Android

By MSN Team Mar 15, 2013 10:54AM

Need to keep up on the latest breaking news, gossip from Hollywood or see if your stock portfolio is up or down? Today, we’ve brought the best world and national news, stories from entertainment, sports, autos, lifestyle and healthy living, right to your mobile phone. The new MSN was built from the ground up to be fast, fluid and great for touch, whether you’re using an iPhone Android or Windows smartphone.

Just enter “msn.com” in your mobile browser (Phone iOS 5 or higher/Android 2.3 or higher) and get the latest movie showtimes, stock quotes, car buying advice or how to entertain for your next dinner party.

The new MSN on iPhone and Android mobile browse joins our previous Windows Phone 8 release. Now Windows Phone 8, iPhone and Android users in the United States will be able to experience one of the fastest media web sites on the web, anywhere, right on your smartphone. We’ve streamlined the new MSN and optimized it for a true mobile reading and viewing.

Built for Touch

The new MSN was built from the ground up with modern smartphone platforms in mind. This release includes dynamic rendering which allows support of high definition formats and various screen sizes. The MSN design and technology teams rebuilt the entire MSN experience and started with optimizing for touch and building an intuitive user experience.  You’ll notice that each channel on the MSN Mobile homepage has large, swipe-able images, displaying the top stories of the day. 

You can tap on the image to view the article or tap on the channel header to view all the top articles within each channel. Tapping the MSN logo at the top of any page will take you back to the homepage. We’ve organized our channels and articles to make MSN a place where you can be informed, explore and let your curiosity reign.

Staying in the know with MSN just got easier.  Now you can pin or save the new MSN to your Home Screen and when you’re reading an article, you can just swipe right to read the next article in that channel. It’s also easy to share your article on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or send it to a friend via email.

MSN at Home, Office and On the Go

Our goal for the new MSN is to be a fast, clean and organized view into the news and information that is important to you. Whether you’re following your favorite sports team or breaking news, MSN News now brings you viewpoints from multiple angles and awarding winning sources (AP, Reuters and MSN’s own news staff) along with what’s trending on the web via msnNOW.

You get the same great content from trusted sources, no matter what device you’re using. Browse sports scores, get stock quotes or find showtimes with a couple of taps. Enter “msn.com” in your mobile browser or bookmark any of the channels for quick access.  

The new MSN. Know. Now. 

- The MSN Mobile Team


Follow #MSNforWin8 to interact with Fox Sports broadcaster Friday, March 15th, 12 p.m. PT

By MSN Team Mar 13, 2013 10:05AM

You are invited to join Fox Sports broadcaster Erin Andrews who will be joining us live twitter chat this Friday at 12 p.m. PT.  Erin will be on hand to discuss all things college basketball. To take part in the conversation simply follow @ErinAndrews, @Microsoft and the hashtag #MSNforWin8.

Erin joined Fox Sports in 2012 where she hosts a prime time college football show and contributes to NFL, MLB and other marquee events.

Hope to hear from you on Friday.


- The MSN Team


Visit your local Microsoft Store or Play Online

By MSN Team Mar 1, 2013 11:00AM

MSN for Windows 8 is a one-of-a-kind experience you have to try to believe and, in the month of March, it’s easier than ever to do just that at the Microsoft retail store nearest to you. In March, you can stop by your local Microsoft retail store, give MSN on Windows 8 a try and enter for a chance to win a trip to the basketball championships in Atlanta in April. MSN for Windows 8 is a great resource for fans during this exciting tournament season, who want to stay up-to-date with the latest scores and schedules, without clicking through multiple websites.

Whether you’re a sports fan or not, the comprehensive content found on MSN covers news, entertainment, money, sports, health, living and more – so you can find news on the topics that interest you most. Best of all, the MSN experience is seamless across any Windows 8 device so you can take the information that interests you with you wherever you go. Visit a Microsoft store and you’ll have a chance to:

  • Experience all MSN for Windows 8 has to offer with a Microsoft retail store associate to guide you through the touch features and design elements you’ll love most.
  • Receive a voucher for $25 off a purchase of $75 or more, just for checking it out! [1]
  • Between March 1-24, enter for a chance to win a trip to the championship game in Atlanta[2]. If you can’t make it to the store, you can also enter at: www.microsoftstore.com/msnfan.

You’ll be hooked on the clean, consistent layout, immersive full-screen design and app-like performance, and will quickly notice MSN for Windows 8 is a fast, easy way to stay in the know. For more information on the new experience, visit http://allnew.msn.com.


- The MSN Team

[1] Valid for $25 off of a transaction of $75 or more.  Voucher expires on April 8, 2013.  Redeemable only at participating Microsoft store locations. Excludes Surface and Surface accessories.  Not valid on prior orders or purchases; cannot be transferred or otherwise redeemed for cash or gift cards. Not combinable with other offers. Limit 1 voucher, per participant, per transaction, single use only.  No reproductions of voucher will be accepted. While supplies last.


[2] NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER. PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. Ends on 3/24/13. Open to legal U.S./D.C./P.R. residents, 18 or older at time of entry. Enter at participating Microsoft Retail Stores or online at www.microsoftstore.com/msnfan

. Subject to full Official Rules & all federal, state and local laws. Limit of one entry per person/email. Odds of winning depend upon total number of entries received. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Microsoft Corporation, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington, 98052-6399



Online show features fast-paced and irreverent market commentary

By MSN Team Feb 26, 2013 2:37PM

Today, Motley Fool a leading resource for individual investors launched its first daily online show, Investor Beat on MSN Money.

Investor Beat is a fast-paced, forward-looking and occasionally irreverent market commentary from the editors and analysts at The Motley Fool. They will share their expert opinion on the day’s business headlines along with actionable investing advice—delivered in the same patently Foolish way that has made The Motley Fool the go-to resource for individual investors in print and online for nearly two decades.


Investor Beat airs Monday thru Friday at 5 p.m. ET on MSN.com.


-          The MSN Money Team


Research shows MSN on Windows 8 is more than 4 times faster, on average, than leading news and information sites

By MSN Team Feb 21, 2013 10:57AM

Today’s web is defined by speed. 


The web today is more than just static pages, it’s loaded with rich video, photos, graphics, and audio that elicits the need for speed. The pressure is on for web sites to keep their pages loading fast to avoid the common problem of click and ditch, people abandoning a web site when it is unable to load quickly.  Each second and even fractions of a second matter, and when added up over an entire year they equate to nearly a full day lost per year, according to calculations based on comScore and Keynote data*.


Next to security and ease of use, our customers have told us that speed is one of the most important factors when choosing what websites to go to. In fact, it’s one of the top five improvements that customers consistently request of media sites. Our research shows, a sluggish load time leads to consumer dissatisfaction and on average people abandon content sites if they do not load quickly enough. The average page load time in the news and information category is more than 3.5 seconds.


We suspected that people would be even more sensitive to page latency on touch-enabled tablets running Windows 8, and we saw a unique opportunity to build a faster, more modern site using the features available in Internet Explorer 10 and Windows 8.  To test the engineering methodology after the new site launched, Microsoft commissioned a study to benchmark the performance of MSN for Windows 8 against the previous version of MSN, and also against other sites in the news and information category.


Today, Principal Technologies, Inc., released the results of this study that showed MSN for Windows 8 is more than 4x faster on average than 8 top major online competitors as measured by page load time across the landing site, topic hubs and articles. According to the study, MSN for Windows 8 is three times faster than earlier versions of MSN.


Because Internet Explorer 10 was designed to take advantage of the system architecture of Windows 8, rendering complex page layouts and high resolution images is faster and more fluidly. That’s why load times for MSN for Windows 8 are more than four times faster on average than other leading news and information sites.

Other notable findings include:


  • Sports on MSN for Windows 8 is more than 7 times faster on average than other major online sports sites, e.g., ESPN and NFL.
  • News on MSN for Windows 8 is more than 3 times faster on average than other major news sites, e.g., CNN and New York Times.
  • Finance on MSN for Windows 8 is more than 4 times faster on average than the WSJ and Forbes sites.

We invite people to view the results for themselves here. You can experience the new MSN on Windows 8 on any Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 device.


- Bob Visse, General Manager, MSN


* We referenced comScore and Keynote to calculate that figure. comScore provides the total number of pages viewed on average by a user, which was 38,665 in the United States in 2012. Keynote is the leading monitor of website performance and publishes indices that indicate the average load times for the majority of major sites on the web. We took the average of 5 major indices: news, social networking, top retailers, government top 40 and business top 40, to come up with an average load time for internet pages which was 2.04 seconds.  When annualized, this comes to approximately 22 hours per year.


"The Mark Malkoff Challenge” and “Life: A Gamer’s Guide” in Production for MSN Entertainment

By MSN Team Feb 13, 2013 11:00AM

The next 2 My Damn Channel original comedy series are now in production in New York City and we can’t wait to share them with you!


“The Mark Malkoff Challenge” and “Life: A Gamer’s Guide” have been picked up straight to series with 13 episodes of each ordered by our new partners at MSN. Both series will premiere on MSN Entertainment [www.entertainment.msn.com/videopreview] and will also be available on the My Damn Channel Comedy Network [www.MyDamnChannel.com] .


Here’s what you need to know:

  • He’s raced a New York City bus while riding a Big Wheel, he watched 252 films on Netflix in one month… so what will Mark Malkoff do next? “The Mark Malkoff Challenge” puts this comedian/filmmaker to the test to find out if he can overcome the odds and accomplish unusual feats of bravery on the streets of New York City. “The Mark Malkoff Challenge” will premiere next month on MSN Entertainment’s Comedy and Downtime channels, starring and written by Malkoff, executive produced for MSN by Smita Shukla and produced for My Damn Channel by Dean Peterson. 
  • “Life: A Gamer’s Guide” features Brian and Mike, good friends and professional gamers who show their audience how gaming techniques can apply to everyday life. Coming from our Hell’s Kitchen studio, it will premiere next month on MSN Entertainment’s Comedy and Nerdcore channels.  Executive producers are MSN’s Jeff Purcell and My Damn Channel’s Melissa Schneider.  Also for My Damn Channel, Julia Hoff is producer, and Nate Bennett is writer/producer.


Here is what our Founder/CEO Rob Barnett has to say about today’s big news:


“While My Damn Channel Comedy Network continues to acquire and produce original series, we’re expanding our list of premium partners by announcing our new deal with Microsoft that will include licensing My Damn Channel originals to MSN and the production of new, original comedy. The MSN executive team gave us the green light—twice—with full season orders on two original series to start our partnership, and we’re excited to bring our brand of professionally-created laughter to a whole new audience.”


We’ll have more info soon—including exact premiere dates—so stay tuned!


- Maria Diokno, editor-in-chief, MyDamnChannel.com


Help choose the honeymoon destination for the lucky couple

By MSN Team Feb 11, 2013 2:20PM

The countdown is on for the first-ever live-streamed, crowd-sourced wedding which will be broadcast this Valentine’s Day! The Knot had their audience pick everything—the couplethe rings, the wedding flowers, the cake the hair and makeup the groomsmen’s formalwear, the bridesmaid dresses and even the dream gown.  You’ll have to tune in though on 2/14 to see which of the four gowns was chosen, since that’s one result The Knot wouldn’t reveal. (You can’t let the groom see the gown before the wedding.)

“This is going to be the wedding of a lifetime – an absolutely beautiful, one-of-a-kind and unique experience for one of these five lucky pairs,” says Carley Roney, cofounder and editor in chief of TheKnot.com.

And, she’s right. The best of the best of the industry are involved with planning this couple’s big day. Wedding planner Amy Shey Jacobs curated the theme options and an ice castle themed wedding was voted on as the day’s décor (modern-ice-castle).

With only a few days till the wedding, the voting continues and today the voting for the couple’s dream honeymoon kicks off.

Keep following TheKnot.com/DreamWedding for more details and tune in on 2/14 for the big event when Sierra and Andre, the dream wedding couple, become husband and wife!

-          Jamie Miles, The Knot


Guest Blog post from Keri Glassman, Expert Nutritionist and Author, on how to be healthier in the New Year

By MSN Team Dec 27, 2012 11:16AM

The holiday season is wrapping up, and with that, the time of year when many of us decide to make New Year’s resolutions that we hope will help improve our lives in one way or another.  And for many people, resolutions focus on improved health and fitness. Even though I am not a big fan of resolutions and prefer to help people better themselves throughout the year, the New Year is a good time to focus on goals! In fact, a recent MSN and Impulse survey revealed that nearly 30 percent of people said they want to eat healthier in the New Year, either by eliminating junk food or starting a new diet, but 39 percent also cited ‘lack of time’ as the reason they’re not typically successful in sticking to resolutions.


I’ve joined forces with MSN to help provide some easy-to-follow tips and advice as part of MSN Healthy Living’s feature on the 21 Days of Healthy Habits. Each day will feature new content from me and a number of other expert contributors to help you discover the best plan of attack for a healthy lifestyle in 2013.


Here are a few of my favorite tips for getting started:


Think of every meal as a “Monday morning”:

  • People too frequently throw in the towel after making one “bad” diet decision. Instead, think of every meal like a “Monday morning”. Don’t we all start the week off on a healthy note?  If you compartmentalize each meal you will be much less likely to let one little slip throw you completely off track.

New Year, New You…Clean Slate, Clean Pantry:

  • Clean out your pantry: Spend five minutes pulling out items that are either OLD, unhealthy, or you simply over-consume. Ditch ‘em or donate to a local food pantry and make room for NEW healthier foods. This also helps you get organized for meal planning.

Technology Is Your Friend:

  • A recent MSN and Impulse study showed that more than 75 percent of people use apps or search online for health and fitness tips. MSN is a fantastic one-stop resource where you can quickly get advice, tips and inspiration.  And for those of you on Windows 8, you can easily access MSN and a myriad of health tips on Healthy Living with the swipe of a finger faster than ever before.  

Become a Planning Professional:

  • Going out to eat? Have your strategy ready, whether it’s ordering a child’s portion, splitting an entrée, asking for sauce or dressing on the side, or having fruit for dessert.
  • Write down a list of produce you want to eat this week. People who commit to a concrete plan to eat more fruits and vegetables are twice as likely to stick with that plan.  Adding veggies to your meal can automatically help you reduce overall caloric consumption at the meal.

Exercise the Buddy System... Literally!

  • Everyone knows it is more fun to work out with someone else, so ask around at work or in your neighborhood for a new weight-loss buddy. Finding someone you can brag to a little about your successes—or confess to when you’ve had a setback—will provide solid support, and may even provide a little healthy competition. In fact, studies show you work out harder when you’re exercising with someone you perceive to be in better shape than yourself.

Embrace your Inner Chef:

  • If you were super busy with all of that last minute holiday planning, I’m sure cooking healthy dinners was far from the top of your list. Now that the New Year is upon us, take the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen. Try some new spices or a new kitchen gadget. Maybe you got a slow cooker for the holidays or a new mandolin. Give them a test drive with a new, healthy recipe!


Cheers to a healthier you in the New Year!

--Keri Glassman MS, RD, CDN and Author of The New You and Improved Diet