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MSN
MSN
(stylized as MSN) is a web portal and related collection of Internet
Internet
services and apps for Windows
Windows
and mobile devices , provided by Microsoft
Microsoft
and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as Windows
Windows
95 .

Along with Windows
Windows
95's release, Microsoft
Microsoft
debuted THE MICROSOFT NETWORK , a subscription-based dial-up online service that it later turned into an Internet
Internet
service provider named MSN Dial-up
MSN Dial-up
. At the same time, the company launched a new web portal named MICROSOFT INTERNET START and set it as the first default home page of Internet Explorer , its original web browser . In 1998, Microsoft
Microsoft
renamed and moved this web portal to the domain name MSN.COM, where it has remained since then.

In addition to its original MSN Dial-up
MSN Dial-up
service, Microsoft
Microsoft
has used the 'MSN' brand name for a wide variety of products and services over the years, notably Hotmail
Hotmail
(which is now Outlook.com
Outlook.com
), Messenger (which was once synonymous with 'MSN' in Internet
Internet
slang and has now been replaced by Skype
Skype
), and its web search engine (which is now Bing ), as well as several other rebranded and discontinued services .

The current website and suite of apps offered by MSN
MSN
was first introduced by Microsoft
Microsoft
in 2014 as part of a complete redesign and relaunch. MSN
MSN
is based in the United States
United States
and offers international versions of its portal for dozens of countries around the world.

CONTENTS

* 1 Website

* 1.1 Microsoft
Microsoft
Internet
Internet
Start

* 1.2 MSN.com

* 1.2.1 Rebranding of services * 1.2.2 Newest redesign

* 2 Apps * 3 International * 4 See also * 5 References * 6 External links

WEBSITE

MICROSOFT INTERNET START

MSN.com on its initial launch day, August 24, 1995. MSN.com in October 1996, with the logo used from 1995 to 1998.

From 1995 to 1998, the MSN.com domain was used by Microsoft
Microsoft
primarily to promote MSN
MSN
as an online service and Internet
Internet
service provider . At the time, MSN.com also offered a custom start page and an Internet tutorial, but Microsoft's major web portal was known as 'Microsoft Internet
Internet
Start,' located at home.microsoft.com.

Internet
Internet
Start served as the default home page for Internet
Internet
Explorer and offered basic information such as news, weather, sports, stocks, entertainment reports, links to other websites on the Internet, articles by Microsoft
Microsoft
staff members, and software updates for Windows. Microsoft's original news website, msnbc.com (now NBCNews.com
NBCNews.com
), which launched in 1996, was also tied closely to the Internet
Internet
Start portal.

MSN.COM

In 1999, the largely underutilized 'MSN.com' domain name was combined with Microsoft
Microsoft
Internet
Internet
Start and reinvented as both a web portal and as the brand for a family of sites produced inside Microsoft's Interactive Media Group. The new website put MSN
MSN
in direct competition with sites such as Yahoo!
Yahoo!
and Go Network . Because the new format opened up MSN's content to the world for free, the Internet
Internet
service provider and subscription service was renamed MSN
MSN
Internet
Internet
Access at that time. (That service eventually became known as MSN Dial-up
MSN Dial-up
.)

The relaunched MSN.com contained a whole family of sites, including original content, channels that were carried over from 'web shows' that were part of Microsoft's MSN
MSN
2.0 experiment with its Internet service provider in 1996-97, and new features that were rapidly added. MSN.com became the successor to the default Internet
Internet
Explorer start page, as all of the previous ' Microsoft
Microsoft
Internet
Internet
Start' website was merged with MSN.com.

Some of the original websites that Microsoft
Microsoft
launched during that era remain active in some form today. Microsoft
Microsoft
Investor, a business news and investments service that was once produced in conjunction with CNBC
CNBC
, is now MSN
MSN
Money; CarPoint, an automobile comparison and shopping service, is now MSN
MSN
Autos; and the Internet
Internet
Gaming Zone, a website offering online casual games , is now MSN Games
MSN Games
. Other websites since divested by Microsoft
Microsoft
include the travel website Expedia
Expedia
, the online magazine Slate , and the local event and city search website Sidewalk.com . The former MSN
MSN
'butterfly' logo used from 1999 to 2010.

In the late 1990s, Microsoft
Microsoft
collaborated with many other service providers, as well as other Microsoft
Microsoft
departments, to expand the range of MSN's services. Some examples include MSN
MSN
adCenter , MSN
MSN
Shopping (affiliated with eBay , PriceGrabber and Shopping.com ), and the Encarta
Encarta
encyclopedia with various levels of access to information.

Since then, MSN.com has remained a popular destination, launching many new services and content sites. MSN's Hotmail
Hotmail
and Messenger services were promoted from the MSN.com portal, which provided a central place for all of MSN's content. MSN Search (now Bing ), a dedicated search engine , launched in 1999. The single sign-in service for Microsoft's online services, Microsoft
Microsoft
Passport (now Microsoft account ), also launched across all MSN
MSN
services in 1999. The MSN.com portal and related group of services under the 'MSN' umbrella remained largely the same in the early 2000s.

The sports section of the MSN
MSN
portal was ESPN.com
ESPN.com
from 2001 to 2004, and FoxSports.com from 2004 to 2014. MSN
MSN
had an exclusive partnership with msnbc.com for news content from 1996 until 2012, when Microsoft
Microsoft
sold its remaining stake in msnbc.com to NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
and the website was renamed NBCNews.com
NBCNews.com
. Since then, MSN
MSN
has launched ' MSN
MSN
News', an in-house news operation. The former MSN 'butterfly' logo used from 2009 to 2014. However, nine MSN
MSN
continued to use this logo until 2016.

MSN
MSN
released a preview of an updated home page and logo on November 3, 2009. It was originally expected to be widely available to over 100 million U.S. customers by early 2010. MSN
MSN
rolled out the newer logo, together with a redesign of the overall website, on December 25, 2009.

In 2012, MSN
MSN
announced on its blog that it would be unveiling a new version of the MSN.com home page on October 26, exclusively for Windows
Windows
8 , saying that the new version would be "clean, simple, and built for touch." Microsoft
Microsoft
said it would be more app-like due to the speed of Internet
Internet
Explorer 10 . More new features included 'Flip Ahead', which allowed users to swipe from one article to the next. MSN for Windows
Windows
8 also had new deals with the AP and Reuters
Reuters
.

Rebranding Of Services

Main article: Windows
Windows
Live

Many of MSN\'s services were reorganized in 2005 and 2006 under a new brand name that Microsoft
Microsoft
championed at the time, Windows
Windows
Live. This move was part of Microsoft's strategy to improve its online offerings using the Windows
Windows
brand name. The company also overhauled its online software and services due to increasing competition from rivals such as Yahoo!
Yahoo!
and Google
Google
. The new name was introduced one service at a time. The group of Windows
Windows
Live services used Web 2.0
Web 2.0
technology to offer features and functionality through a web browser that were traditionally only available through dedicated software programs.

Some of the MSN
MSN
services affected by the rebranding included MSN Hotmail
Hotmail
, which became Windows
Windows
Live Hotmail
Hotmail
(now Outlook.com
Outlook.com
); MSN Messenger , which became Windows
Windows
Live Messenger (now integrated into Skype
Skype
); MSN Search , which became Live Search
Live Search
(now known as Bing ); MSN Virtual Earth , which became Live Search
Live Search
Maps (now Bing Maps
Bing Maps
); MSN Spaces , which became Windows
Windows
Live Spaces ; MSN Alerts , which became Windows
Windows
Live Alerts ; and MSN Groups , which became Windows Live Groups . Some other services, such as MSN Direct , remained a part of the MSN
MSN
family without transitioning to Windows
Windows
Live.

Following the launch of Windows
Windows
Live, the MSN
MSN
brand took on a different focus. MSN
MSN
became primarily an online content provider of news, entertainment, and common interest topics through its web portal, MSN.com, while Windows
Windows
Live provided most of Microsoft's online software and services. In 2012, Microsoft
Microsoft
began to phase out the Windows
Windows
Live brand, referring to each service separately by its individual brand name without any 'Windows' prefix or association.

Newest Redesign

Microsoft
Microsoft
launched a completely rewritten and redesigned MSN
MSN
website, making use of the company's modern design language , on September 30, 2014. The new MSN
MSN
portal features a new version of the logo that follows a style similar to other current Microsoft
Microsoft
products. The website no longer offers original content, instead employing editors to repurpose existing content from partners at popular and trusted organizations. Much of the existing content on MSN
MSN
was eliminated as the website was simplified into a new home page and categories, most of which have corresponding apps :

* NEWS: The latest news headlines and articles from a variety of hand-picked sources. Syncs with the MSN
MSN
News app. * WEATHER: Current weather conditions, forecasts, maps, news, and traffic. Syncs with the MSN
MSN
Weather app. * ENTERTAINMENT: TV, movies, music, and celebrity news, as well as theater showtimes, tickets, and TV listings. Based on the former Bing Entertainment service. Also includes the MSN Games
MSN Games
website for online casual games. * SPORTS: Up-to-the-minute scores, standings, and headlines from leagues worldwide. Syncs with the MSN
MSN
Sports app. * MONEY: Stock market tickers and watchlists, personal finance, real estate, investments, currency converter, and more. Syncs with the MSN Money app. * LIFESTYLE: Headlines, features, and other content related to style, home & garden, family, smart living, relationships, and horoscopes. * HEALTH & FITNESS: Tools and information about weight loss, strength, exercise, nutrition, medicine, and more. * FOOD & DRINK: Recipes, cooking tips, news from chefs, cocktails, and shopping lists. * TRAVEL: Destinations, trip ideas, hotel search, flight search, flight status, and arrivals and departures. * AUTOS: Research and buying advice, auto-related news, information for enthusiasts, and coverage of auto shows worldwide. * VIDEO: Trending and viral videos, comedy and pop culture, and videos from other MSN
MSN
categories. Integrates with video search from Bing Videos .

The top of the home page provides access to Microsoft
Microsoft
services Bing , Outlook.com
Outlook.com
, Skype
Skype
, Office Online , OneNote , OneDrive
OneDrive
, Bing Maps
Bing Maps
, and Groove Music , as well as popular social media services Facebook and Twitter
Twitter
. Signing into MSN
MSN
with a Microsoft
Microsoft
account allows for personalized content to appear and to be synchronized across devices on the website and in the corresponding apps . The redesign of the website led to the closure of MSN's longtime personalized home page service 'My MSN', which was made up of customized RSS feeds , as the new website no longer supports user-specified RSS content. However, it added some customizability, allowing each category on the home page to be reordered or hidden.

With the 2014 relaunch, MSN
MSN
now supports responsive design and eliminates the need for a separate mobile website . The redesign of MSN
MSN
proved positive and helped increase traffic with an additional 10 million daily visitors after two months.

APPS

See also: MSN apps

Microsoft
Microsoft
has four dedicated apps for MSN-related content: Sports, News, Money, and Weather. It previously had apps called Travel, Health & Fitness, and Food and MSN China
MSN China
, an entirely customized version of MSN
MSN
for China
China
.

SEE ALSO

* MSN Dial-up
MSN Dial-up
* List of services by MSN * Microsoft
Microsoft

REFERENCES

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CNBC
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MSN
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Microsoft
Money?". AZ Central . 5 December 2006. * ^ "Savings and investing - MSN
MSN
Money". MSN Money . 14 Oct 2014. * ^ ESPN.com, MSN
MSN
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