Today, Microsoft has released a preview of a newly redesigned version of MSN.
The new MSN takes several design cues from Microsoft’s Windows 8 desktop operating system. The new layout is now less cluttered and more customizable, allowing users to add their own personal touch to their homepage.
The newly redesigned MSN turns your homepage into a hub to access other products, like your email via Outlook, OneNote, and a variety of other Bing Apps.
“At the top of the MSN homepage, users have quick access to what we call the Services Stripe. This allows easy access to personal services to stay on top of what’s happening in your life. With a quick hover, you can easily check your email, browse your OneDrive, or even access your OneNote notebooks. We’ve also integrated popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, Office 365 and Skype.”
The company has also partnered with various content providers, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNN, to bring customers the latest news and alerts.
Microsoft has also announced plans to launch iOS and Android versions of several Bing Apps, including Sports and Food & Drink. If you pick your favourite NFL team on MSN, scores and news will be available to you on any device regardless of the OS it is running.
“One of our goals was to make it simple to personalize what you want to see regardless of which device you use. In the coming months, we will release a suite of MSN apps across iOS and Android to complement our corresponding Windows and Windows Phone apps. You only need to set your favorites once, and your preferences will be connected across MSN, Cortana, Bing and other Microsoft experiences. Whether it is your watchlist of stocks in MSN Money, your favorite sports teams in MSN Sports, or your recipe collections in MSN Food & Drink, those things will always be with you at your PC at work, on your iPad in the living room, or on your Android phone when you are on the go.”
Microsoft has not announced a release date for its newly redesigned MSN website, however, the iOS and Android apps will be available to the public within the next few months.
For now, anyone who would like to check out the preview of the new MSN, visit preview.msn.com. What do you think of the revamped MSN homepage? Let us know in the comments below.