Sunday, March 21, 2010
MSN New Look Now Live in US
Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has been sending e-mails and also running a banner at the top of the MSN page announcing the upcoming change.
The change is now live for most .... at least here in the US.
One of the things you'll notice immediately is geo-targeting. Even if you are not signed in, the page will deliver news and other results based on your IP (or perceived Internet access location).
The other notable inclusion is a trend chart, not based on Microsoft's Bing xRank, but instead items that have been trending on Twitter:
For now, the new MSN primarily competes with Yahoo and AOL. Both companies launched new layouts as well, also embracing social media, in the past few months.
Microsoft's customizable portal, Live.com recently shut down and offers a page that redirects to the company's search product Bing.
The question that nobody seems to be asking (maybe there's no answer yet?) is what is Microsoft going to do with one of the best web addresses they own .... Start.com ?
Update 1 - Mar 22 - 12:21 AM ET: The new MSN page is apparently also now the default in Canada. (Thanks to Rebekah Jssn chiming in on Google Buzz)