Contents tagged with MSN

  • The All New MSN for Windows 8

    Posted by sumeethevans on October 2 2012, 4:53 PM. Posted in MSN.

    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 will be the first thing you experience 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.

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  • Update on the issue of ‘supercookies’ used on MSN

    Posted by sumeethevans on August 23 2011, 3:24 AM. Posted in MSN.

    In response to recent attention on "supercookies" in the media, we wanted to share more detail on the immediate action we took to address this issue, as well as affirm our commitment to the privacy of our customers. According to researchers, including Jonathan Mayer at Stanford University, "supercookies" are capable of re-creating users' cookies or other identifiers after people deleted regular cookies. Mr. Mayer identified Microsoft as one among others that had this code, and when he brought his findings to our attention we promptly investigated.

    We determined that the cookie behavior he observed was occurring under certain circumstances as a result of older code that was used only on our own sites, and was already scheduled to be discontinued. We accelerated this process and quickly disabled this code. At no time did this functionality cause Microsoft cookie identifiers or data associated with those identifiers to be shared outside of Microsoft. We are committed to providing choice when it comes to the collection and use of customer information, and we have no plans to develop or deploy any such "supercookie" mechanisms.

    Microsoft has strong privacy standards that govern the development and deployment of our products and services. We work hard to build privacy into products, and we also engage with government, industry, academia and public interest groups to develop more effective privacy and data protection measures.

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  • MSN Homepage Launch Begins Today

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 10 2010, 5:14 AM. Posted in MSN.

    Today is an exciting milestone for MSN. We are beginning the launch of our new homepage to our customers in the U.S. The new MSN homepage cuts through the clutter with a clean, new design and offers search, news, local and social networking – all in one place. We encourage you to try the new homepage today and learn more about the many cool features.

    Since the preview of our new homepage began in November, we’ve been very busy gathering over 70,000 pieces of customer feedback and introducing over 30 updates in our quest to deliver the best homepage to stay in the know.

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  • New MSN Preview

    Posted by sumeethevans on November 5 2009, 4:29 AM. Posted in MSN.

    Preview of the new MSN page along with the new butterfly logo is up.


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  • MSN Direct to End Service Jan 1, 2012

    Posted by bink on October 31 2009, 7:17 PM. Posted in MSN.

    MSN Direct, the service that offers traffic, weather, movie times and more to some GPS units, including Garmin Nuvi 780, 880, 885, will go dark on January 1, 2012. The announcement was made with the backdrop of other technologies coming forward, namely the slow promising crawl of broadband connected devices. The service is a step up from the FM based TMC traffic, and has more capability to deliver other services directly to the unit while you drive.

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  • Microsoft pulls the plug on MSN Soapbox

    Posted by sumeethevans on July 25 2009, 3:29 AM. Posted in MSN.

    Microsoft is closing Soapbox, its onetime video-sharing rival to Google's YouTube, the company said Tuesday.

    Last month, Microsoft told CNET News it planned to significantly scale back Soapbox. Now it turns out Soapbox will be scaled all the way down to nothing.

    "We have decided to shut down the Soapbox feature," said Microsoft Vice President and MSN leader Erik Jorgensen in an e-mail. "Beginning today, July 21, we will be notifying both our customers and our internal and external partners that on July 29th, people will no longer be able to upload videos to Soapbox and on August 31st, the service will no longer be available."

    Microsoft will continue to support MSN Video, which has 88 million unique users each month and delivers 480 million video streams each month, he said. Soapbox was responsible for less than 5 percent of MSN Video's streams.

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  • Microsoft's launches Wonderwall celebrity tracker

    Posted by spy on February 7 2009, 6:59 AM. Posted in MSN.


    Microsoft plunged into the crowded field of online entertainment and celebrity news on Thursday, taking the wraps off a new website known as Wonderwall. is a joint venture between MSN, the internet arm of the US software giant, and BermanBraun Interactive, a media company based in Santa Monica, California.

    "Wonderwall offers people an engaging and visually dynamic perspective on the day's hottest pop culture stories, personalities and trends," MSN and BermanBraun said in a statement.

    The main feature of is a nearly full-screen wall of pictures with links to stories, photo galleries and video.

  • Microsoft to take 100% control of MSN Israel portal

    Posted by bink on July 7 2008, 12:56 AM. Posted in MSN, Financial MSFT.

    Microsoft Corp. plans to acquire the 50.1% it doesn't already own in MSN Israel Ltd. from partner Internet Gold Ltd., the companies said on Sunday.

    The companies said in a statement that they're "discussing the terms of migration and possible future cooperation." Meantime, they're still "working together to support employees, advertisers and users."

    MSN Israel, established in 2000, is part of the Redmond, Wash., software giant's portal network, which operates in 44 countries. In almost all these countries, Microsoft wholly owns the portals, the companies said.
    "Given the change in the parties' online strategies, we have agreed it makes sense for Microsoft to operate independently,"
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  • Use Microsoft to win Apple products

    Posted by spy on July 2 2008, 6:11 PM. Posted in MSN.

     Microsoft is dangling prizes made by arch-nemesis Apple to entice Australian web surfers to give its online search products a second chance.Through its local joint venture with the Nine Network, ninemsn, Microsoft recently completed a full revamp of Live Search to improve results and integrate video, images, news and maps into search queries.But in what is perhaps a sign of desperation given Google's growing market share dominance, ninemsn is running a new Live Search promotion - Secret Search - offering surfers the chance to win prizes including the iPod Nano, Shuffle and Touch just for conducting searches.A Microsoft source said using competitor products was frowned on at Microsoft and the company was offering large discounts on Windows Mobile-based smartphones to dissuade staff from buying iPhones.At ninemsn, staff are forbidden from using Google search.At the entrance to Microsoft's Zune headquarters in the US there is an "iPod Amnesty Bin" for staff to throw away their iPods. The words "bite me" are plastered across the bin below a picture of an Apple with bites taken out of it.Ninemsn's head of Live Search, Alex Parsons, said if the Zune music player was sold in Australia it would have been offered as a prize instead.

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  • Microsoft Backtracks, Allows MSN Music Access Until 2011

    Posted by sumeethevans on June 22 2008, 12:01 AM. Posted in MSN.

    After taking some heat for its April decision to shutter its MSN Music servers, Microsoft this week backtracked and decided to allow access until the end of 2011.

    "After careful consideration, Microsoft has decided to continue to support the authorization of new computers and devices and delivery of new license keys for MSN Music customers through at least the end of 2011, after which we will evaluate how much this functionality is still being used and what steps should be taken next to support our customers," Microsoft wrote in an e-mailed letter to customers that was posted on BoingBoing.

    The software giant initially planned to delete its MSN Music license servers on August 31, meaning any music purchased from the now-defunct MSN Music Store would only be accessible via the five computers users authorized to play the tunes.

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  • Madonna April 30 U.S. Performance at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom Available to the Public for Free on MSN

    Posted by sumeethevans on April 30 2008, 5:00 AM. Posted in MSN, Events.

    Madonna’s exclusive performance at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom will be available live to millions of fans via an online broadcast at, it was confirmed today by MSN and Control Room, which announced that the show will stream live Wednesday evening, April 30, at 10 p.m. EDT in the United States and will be available on demand to international audiences on May 15. Along with some past hits, Madonna will be debuting several new songs including her 37th No. 1 smash single “Four Minutes” from her upcoming CD Hard Candy, which is scheduled to be released on April 28. The Control Room-produced show will also include never-before-seen rehearsal footage, a pre-recorded interview with Madonna and her full performance, giving fans around the globe unprecedented access to one of the biggest music events of 2008 by simply logging on to MSN Music In Concert.

    “Madonna is a legendary performer, and we’re thrilled to be bringing this live online broadcast to her fans on the heels of her Hall of Fame induction, her record-breaking 37th top-10 single ‘4 Minutes,’ and in conjunction with the launch of this hotly anticipated new album,” said Aaron Grosky, Control Room president. “As experts in bringing live music performances to the Web, Control Room will deliver Madonna fans an online experience that captures the excitement and authenticity of this exclusive show.”

    Control Room, the leading producer and distributor of world-class entertainment content, delivers nearly 40 live music shows per year to the MSN Music In Concert series. Past performances have included international superstars such as Rihanna, Jay-Z, Lenny Kravitz, Sheryl Crow and many more. Coming in May, fans can watch performances by Jack Johnson and Daughtry. The Music In Concert series (, which is available in 42 countries and 21 languages through the international MSN network, gives music fans worldwide the chance to see live music performances from their favorite artists.

    “MSN Music In Concert is one way we are bringing together the best and most compelling entertainment content on the Web,” said Rob Bennett, general manager, entertainment, video and sports, MSN. “Madonna has a huge international following, and we are very excited that we’re able to offer the exclusive webcast of her concert to her fans around the world.”

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  • Why are these ads for MSN, not Windows Live?

    Posted by sumeethevans on March 22 2008, 10:27 PM. Posted in MSN, Windows Live.

    The identities of Microsoft's two online brands, MSN and Windows Live, have been a subject of confusion since the company launched the latter a few years ago. So it was interesting -- and a bit perplexing -- to see these billboards show up in Seattle recently.

    Here's why: Microsoft has positioned MSN as a destination for "programmed content," such as the portal, MSN Video and MSN Games. Windows Live, on the other hand, has been designated as a place for communications (Hotmail, Messenger), user-generated content (Spaces), and information retrieval/question answering (Live Search).

    At first glance, the messages on these billboards seem more about retrieving information or answering questions: "Sherlock had Watson. You have us," reads one, south of downtown Seattle. Of course, that puts the consumer in the role of the famous fictional detective, digging for clues ... and MSN in the role of the not-nearly-as-sharp sidekick.

    "Free IQ points. Collect them all," reads another, along Elliott Avenue West. Again, that might conjure up images of a hunt for information.

    Granted, it's not easy to be nuanced in billboards. In fact, in response to my inquiry about the billboards, an MSN representative explained that they're part of a larger campaign that includes an online site,, radio spots, and related online videos. The underlying idea is to promote's informational features and news as a source of knowledge. For example, one video shows a guy panicking about all the subjects his date might want to talk about. And the radio ads include one that promotes MSN's ability to "expand your mind."

    Microsoft says the radio ads and billboards are running in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York.

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