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The All New MSN for Windows 8

Built Exclusively for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10

By MSN Team Oct 1, 2012 9:14AM
The launch of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 will change the way we use devices and the internet.  It opens up a new class of opportunities for us to reimagine all of our products and services including MSN. MSN with more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet.


When we saw what Windows 8 and IE 10 could make possible, we saw possibilities we had never before imagined.  We thought deeply about how you could interact with MSN in an increasingly touch and tablet-friendly world.  We envisioned something completely new and refreshing that would surprise and delight.  Something built from the ground up that harnesses the new technical capabilities in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10.


Introducing MSN for Windows 8

Staying in the know just got easier and faster. Designed exclusively for Windows 8, the all new MSN for Windows 8 experience will be the first thing you discover when you launch Internet Explorer 10 on your new device.


Available October 26th, MSN for Windows 8 gives you a place where you can be informed, decompress and let your curiosity reign. From the updated user interface to blazing fast speed and comprehensive content, MSN showcases what it does best – instant access to the information you want.



Fluid Design

At first glance, you will notice the new look and feel. The new MSN is a full-screen experience that is clean, simple and built for touch. Whether you’re reading daily headlines or catching up on the latest gossip, the experience is intuitive and consistent. The content flows to channels without interrupting the visual layout, and you’ll know what stories are most important, just by viewing the size of the story tile.



News You Want, Faster

MSN for Windows 8 is built for speed. 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 fluid.  Now you can easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience. The result is a cleaner more “app-like” experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture.  The pages render twice as fast as the classic MSN web experience. You can use the Snap feature to snap a given page to the side of screen – say your favorite stock- while you engage in another program or page.

Comprehensive and Consistent Content

We all want to know what’s happening in the world. In fact, more than 90 percent of us who use the internet say the need to feel informed is our top priority for going online. With years of delivering award winning editorial, MSN will continue to be the premiere destination for keeping people informed and entertained. 


MSN for Windows 8 brings you trusted, world-class news from a variety of sources, including new content relationships with the Associated Press and Reuters.  We’re are also introducing MSN News which is designed to deliver the news you’re looking for,  how you’re looking for it.  It will deliver short succinct news bites from 300-500 words providing you with quick snap-shots of information. Whether you’re reading news, sports or money, the experience is intuitive and consistent across categories and channels.



The experience will be available on October 26th, but to learn more check back here or follow us:

-          Bob Visse, General Manager, MSN

Oct 1, 2012 10:50AM
Currently, MSN shows a lot of topics I'm not interested in and doesn't allow much customization.
In fact, it's down right goofy to look at MSN because it seems like they showing mostly entertainment news. I hope the new one will allow me to customize the sections I want to see.

Oct 1, 2012 4:30PM

I agree with AG4ENG. Please let there be more customization in this New MSN and let us choose the news topics we want to see. And I also hope this new version of MSN will be less cluttered than the current one. And try (if it's possible that is) to let the top stories be less about who got who pregnant and more on world issues and important news results that affect the country and the occasional tech innovation too. It would be cool (though I know it's unlikely) if there was a specific section devoted entirely to Microsoft news because everyday I keep track on news about Microsoft.

Dec 26, 2012 9:30AM
Why does MSN for Windows 8 disappear even when I've made it my home page?
Jan 13, 2013 5:24AM
I have windows 8, and this is "all new msn" doesn't show up when I go to I get the same old version. Any idea how to get the new msn?
Dec 18, 2012 11:17AM
Why is the site no longer being presented Windows 8 format?   
Mar 31, 2013 1:20PM
msn for window 8 would be nice if i could get it and keep it from disappearing one day it there and that another day its gone, does anybody from MSN monitor these blog pages to see what problems the users are having if they did they would know that msn for windows 8 homepage is not working for a majority of people including me
Jan 10, 2013 4:02AM
Okay I have a gateway laptop, and I got windows 8 on it... and I don't have the new windows 8 msn lay out? it's the old version how do I get the new one?
Oct 23, 2012 11:17PM

Actually imagined something better from Microsoft. 



This is super cluttered and meant to target tablet device audiences.  Same complaint about Windows 8 though, not everyone is on a tablet or has a touch screen.  Also if your goanna use this Metro Tile concept then keep it consistent with the Metro theme on the start menu of Windows 8 and keep categories in columns not rows.


What about desktops?

When are fixes goanna be put in place for the desktop users or is Microsoft taking the stance that they are already obsolete?  If your goanna keep the desktop leave a start menu that is easy, quick to navigate and doesn't require me to scroll back and forth across the screen.


Truthfully while there are some really awesome fixes and additions to the new and Windows 8 the annoyance of scrolling across screens and making my eyes roam everywhere to find content makes me want to do a switch permanently to Linux or maybe even Apple.  Office isn't enough to stay with the system anymore as there are plenty of comparable substitutes like Open Office or Google Docs ( Now, Google Drive ).


On one last note I cannot deny Microsoft is still a superior software maker, I think they just rushed for a niche and forgot to make sure their base is okay.

Feb 17, 2013 5:47PM
I hope this Microsoft Network for Windows 8 will soon be added to other browsers as well, I use multiple browsers (Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator and Google Chrome) at the same time, and I love using M.S.N. for Win. 8, but I've never liked the old one, honestly. I love this new Metro I.U. and I hope Microsoft will impliment it in more programs.
Sep 13, 2014 4:10AM
The new home page SUCKS!  I don't like ans will NEVER use Windows 8!  If you Take the current MSN home page away from me it will be the last straw, I will do my best to find and use anything that I need that is not Microsoft in the future!  The new layout has almost nothing that I want to see in places that I want to see it in!  The Top CRAP at the top is of no interest to me at all and it seems that it cant be changed!  So now to see the one thing that you still have avalible to me that I want on my home page I have to scroll down to see it!  You people are just the pits!
Jul 9, 2014 11:56AM
I have just upgraded to windows 8 after windows 7 and it is utter rubbish nothing but adverts and pop ups for stuff I don't ask for or want . if I wanted an I pad I would have bought one as that is what I think they are trying to make us have . I have spent a lot of money on my lap top and if I can download windows 7 I would I  will be putting a hammer into it. 
Jun 8, 2014 7:00PM
why is msn included with 8.1 when you can't use most of the content
Apr 1, 2014 1:14PM
yes, an d no more ability to comment on articles - way to go comrades!
Oct 9, 2013 11:16PM
I agree that windows 8 and ie 10 are a huge improvement over vista, however I still think simpler is better, and with out a touchscreen I still usually go to desktop. its simpler, more familiar and lets me get the most work done.
Jun 28, 2013 2:15PM
If you need MSN for windows 8 and you don't have it go to the bottom of the page and click on MSN for windows 8 and that will change it for you;)
Oct 31, 2012 8:57AM
Windows 8 is definitely a progress through technology and I would like to have it
Oct 8, 2012 5:19PM
So my laptop has windows 7 home premium and IE9; will it be possible to upgrade to windows 8 and IE10 on it or do I need to buy a new laptop?
May 24, 2014 4:25AM

Stock market coverage is less accessible and more superficial.  I can no longer customize time spans for charts.

The front page is cluttered with entertainment and personality stories for birdbrains.

The best solution is to make Yahoo your home page.


May 14, 2014 6:32AM
is anyone else having problems with MSN constantly freezing and the message says MSN has stopped working  recover webpage windows searching for problem ?
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