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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.[3] The Microsoft
Microsoft
Network was initially a subscription-based dial-up online service that later became an Internet
Internet
service provider named MSN
MSN
Dial-up. At the same time, the company launched a new web portal named Microsoft
Microsoft
Internet
Internet
Start and set it as the first default home page of Internet
Internet
Explorer, its web browser. In 1998, Microsoft
Microsoft
renamed and moved this web portal to the domain name MSN.com, where it has remained.[4] 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
(later Outlook.com), Messenger (which was once synonymous with 'MSN' in Internet
Internet
slang and has now been replaced by Skype), and its web search engine, which is now Bing, and several other rebranded and discontinued services.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.[5] MSN
MSN
is based in the United States
United States
and offers international versions of its portal for dozens of countries around the world.[6]

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

2.1 News 2.2 Weather 2.3 Sports 2.4 Money 2.5 Discontinued apps

2.5.1 Food & Drink 2.5.2 Health & Fitness 2.5.3 Travel

2.6 Older mobile apps

3 International 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

Website[edit] Microsoft
Microsoft
Internet
Internet
Start[edit]

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), which launched in 1996, was also tied closely to the Internet
Internet
Start portal. MSN.com[edit] 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
MSN
Dial-up.)[4] 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.[4] 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, is now MSN
MSN
Money;[7][8][9] 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
MSN
Games. Other websites since divested by Microsoft
Microsoft
include the travel website Expedia, the online magazine Slate, and the local event and city search website Sidewalk.com.

The former MSN
MSN
'butterfly' logo used from 2000 to 2009.[10] MSN Dial-up
Dial-up
continues to use this logo.

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
PriceGrabber
and Shopping.com), and the 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
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
FoxSports.com
from 2004 to 2014.[11][12] 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. Since then, MSN
MSN
has launched 'MSN News', an in-house news operation.[13]

The former MSN
MSN
'butterfly' logo used from 2009 to 2014. ninemsn continued to use this logo until 2016.

MSN
MSN
released a preview of an updated home page and logo on November 3, 2009.[14] It was originally expected to be widely available to over 100 million U.S. customers by early 2010.[15][16] MSN
MSN
rolled out the newer logo, together with a redesign of the overall website, on December 25, 2009.[17][18] 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."[19] 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.[20] Rebranding of services[edit] 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. 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, which became Windows
Windows
Live Hotmail
Hotmail
(now Outlook.com); MSN Messenger, which became Windows
Windows
Live Messenger (now integrated into Skype); MSN
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); MSN Spaces, which became Windows
Windows
Live Spaces; MSN
MSN
Alerts, which became Windows
Windows
Live Alerts; and MSN
MSN
Groups, which became Windows
Windows
Live Groups. Some other services, such as MSN
MSN
Direct, remained a part of the 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.[21] Newest redesign[edit] Microsoft
Microsoft
launched a completely rewritten and redesigned MSN
MSN
website, making use of the company's modern design language, on September 30, 2014.[5] 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, some of which have corresponding apps:[22]

News: The latest news headlines and articles from a variety of hand-picked sources. Synced with the News app. Weather: Current weather conditions, forecasts, maps, news, and traffic. Synced with the 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. Synced with the Sports
Sports
app. Money: Stock
Stock
market tickers and watchlists, personal finance, real estate, investments, currency converter, and more. Synced with the 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. Previously based on Farecast. Autos: Research and buying advice, auto-related news, information for enthusiasts, and coverage of auto shows worldwide.[23] 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, Skype, Office Online, OneNote, OneDrive, Bing Maps, and Groove Music, as well as popular social media services Facebook
Facebook
and Twitter.[5] 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 proved positive and helped increase traffic with an additional 10 million daily visitors after two months.[24] Apps[edit] The MSN
MSN
apps are a series of web-based cross-platform apps that primarily provide users information from sources that publish to MSN. Microsoft
Microsoft
launched these apps along with the 2014 redesign of the MSN web portal, rebranding many of the Bing apps that originally shipped with Windows
Windows
and Windows
Windows
Phone. News, Weather, Sports, Money, and Travel first shipped with Windows
Windows
8, while Health & Fitness and Food & Drink first appeared in Windows
Windows
8.1.[25][26] In December 2014, the apps became available across all the other major mobile device platforms as well: iOS, Android, and Fire OS.[27][28][29][30][31] The apps allow users some, but not total, control of which sources provide information. Each app has its own color code that is used on the live tile and internally. Originally, each app brought a unified experience with the MSN
MSN
website and synchronized preferences across devices; for example, setting a list of stocks to watch on MSN.com would show the same data on the MSN Money
MSN Money
app on all devices where the user was signed in with a Microsoft
Microsoft
account. The synchronization was dropped when the apps were rebuilt for Windows
Windows
10. There are currently four apps in the suite: News, Weather, Sports, and Money.[32] In July 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
announced the discontinuation of the Food & Drink, Health & Fitness, and Travel apps on all platforms, and that they will not be bundled with Windows
Windows
10; those three apps are no longer offered.[33] After Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's mobile phone division, Microsoft
Microsoft
also started bundling MSN
MSN
services with its Nokia-branded feature phones, though the only supported model was the Nokia 215.[34][35][36] In addition to these apps, Microsoft
Microsoft
developed a separate set of mobile apps specifically for MSN
MSN
China. News[edit]

MSN
MSN
News

News on Windows
Windows
10 in dark mode

Developer(s) Microsoft

Initial release October 26, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-26)

Operating system Windows
Windows
8, Windows
Windows
8.1, Windows
Windows
10, Windows
Windows
Phone 8, Windows
Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows
Windows
10 Mobile, Windows
Windows
Mixed Reality, Windows
Windows
Server 2012, Windows
Windows
Server 2012 R2, Windows
Windows
Server 2016, iOS, Android

Platform IA-32, x64, ARM

Type news aggregator

Website www.msn.com/news www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9WZDNCRFHVFW

See also: Bing News MSN
MSN
News (originally named Bing News) is a news aggregator and service that features the latest news headlines and articles hand-picked by editors around the clock from trusted sources across the web. The app includes sections for top stories, U.S., world, politics, money, technology, entertainment, opinion, sports, 'weekend reads', crime, and offbeat news. It allows users to set their own favorite topics and sources, receive notifications of breaking news though alerts, filter preferred news sources, and alter font sizes to make articles easier to read.[37] Originally, News included an RSS feed, but that capability was removed; Microsoft
Microsoft
currently only allows users to subscribe to specified news sources.[38] News uses the chaseable live tile feature introduced in the Windows
Windows
10 Anniversary Update. If a user clicks on the News Start menu
Start menu
tile when a particular story is shown, the user will see a link to that story at the top of the app when it launches.[39] Weather[edit]

MSN
MSN
Weather

Weather on Windows
Windows
10

Developer(s) Microsoft

Initial release October 26, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-26)

Operating system Windows
Windows
8, Windows
Windows
8.1, Windows
Windows
10, Windows
Windows
Phone 8, Windows
Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows
Windows
10 Mobile, Windows
Windows
Mixed Reality, Windows
Windows
Server 2012, Windows
Windows
Server 2012 R2, Windows
Windows
Server 2016, Android

Platform IA-32, x64, ARM

Website www.msn.com/weather www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9WZDNCRFJ3Q2

MSN
MSN
Weather (originally named Bing Weather) shows weather from a user's current location or any other location worldwide, and it allows users to define their favorite places, which will synchronize back to the web portal and across devices. Users can pin Weather tiles to the Start menu
Start menu
to see local weather conditions from multiple locations at a glance. It also offers satellite maps and has information regarding ski resorts.[40] The app receives its weather conditions and forecasts from a variety of sources internationally.[41] Weather uses weather conditions as the background, making it the only app that does not have a light/dark switch in Windows
Windows
10. Weather is not available for iOS; however, it comes preinstalled on the Nokia 215
Nokia 215
phone from Microsoft
Microsoft
Mobile that runs Series 30+; it is currently the only feature phone to have the app built-in.[36] Sports[edit]

MSN
MSN
Sports

Sports
Sports
on Windows
Windows
10 in light mode

Developer(s) Microsoft

Initial release October 26, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-26)

Operating system Windows
Windows
8, Windows
Windows
8.1, Windows
Windows
10, Windows
Windows
Phone 8, Windows
Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows
Windows
10 Mobile, Windows
Windows
Mixed Reality, Windows
Windows
Server 2012, Windows
Windows
Server 2012 R2, Windows
Windows
Server 2016, iOS, Android

Platform IA-32, x64, ARM

Website www.msn.com/sports www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9WZDNCRFHVH4

MSN
MSN
Sports
Sports
(originally named Bing Sports) displays various sports scores and standings from hundreds of leagues around the world, as well as aggregating sports-related articles and news headlines.[42][43][44][45] Sports
Sports
also allows the user to view slideshows and photo galleries, look up information about individual players and fantasy leagues, and set and track their favorite teams by selecting various topics from the hamburger menu.[46][47] It also powers various predictive features within Microsoft's Cortana
Cortana
virtual assistant.[48] Money[edit]

MSN
MSN
Money

Money on Windows
Windows
10 in dark mode

Initial release October 26, 2012; 5 years ago (2012-10-26)

Operating system Windows
Windows
8, Windows
Windows
8.1, Windows
Windows
10, Windows
Windows
Phone 8, Windows
Windows
Phone 8.1, Windows
Windows
10 Mobile, Windows
Windows
Mixed Reality, Windows
Windows
Server 2012, Windows
Windows
Server 2012 R2, Windows
Windows
Server 2016, iOS, Android

Platform IA-32, x64, ARM

Website www.msn.com/money www.microsoft.com/store/productId/9WZDNCRFHV4V

MSN Money
MSN Money
(originally named Bing Finance) allows users to set up lists of stocks to watch, follow certain corporations and receive stock updates, get the latest headlines regarding stock markets, view real-time trading figures with a 30-minute delay, track their own personal finances, calculate mortgages, get information on commodities and bonds, and convert currency.[49][50][51] Discontinued apps[edit] Food & Drink[edit] MSN
MSN
Food & Drink (originally named Bing Food & Drink) was a recipe app that offers news related to food and drink, a personal shopping list that synchronizes across devices and the web, and a wine encyclopedia that contains information on over 1.5 million bottles of wine, over 3.3 million tasting notes, and hundreds of cocktail recipes.[52] Users can control the app hands-free, add their own recipes from physical cookbooks or personal recipes by snapping a photo, add notes to recipes, and sort the recipes into collections.[53] The app also collects information from famous chefs and lists them according to their style of cuisine.[54] Health & Fitness[edit] MSN
MSN
Health & Fitness (originally named Bing Health & Fitness) allowed users to track their intake of calories, look up nutritional information for hundreds of thousands of different foods, use a built-in GPS
GPS
tracker, view step-by-step workouts and exercises with images and videos, check symptoms for various health conditions, and synchronize their health data to third-party devices such as activity trackers.[55][56][57] MSN
MSN
Health & Fitness formerly connected data with the Microsoft
Microsoft
HealthVault, but it started using a Microsoft account with MSN's own cloud service to synchronize data when it was rebranded from Bing to MSN.[58][59] The app is not related in any way to Microsoft's Xbox Fitness or Microsoft
Microsoft
Health (the companion app for the Microsoft
Microsoft
Band), despite being similar in function.[60] Travel[edit] MSN Travel
MSN Travel
(originally named Bing Travel) was a travel search engine that allows users to book hotels and flights, aggregates travel-related headlines, and offers detailed information about thousands of travel destinations.[61] Data in the app is powered by various travel websites, including Expedia, formerly owned by Microsoft.[62] Other features include finding information on local restaurants, viewing pictures (including panoramas) and historical data about destinations, and reading reviews by previous travelers.[63] If the user is signed in, Cortana
Cortana
can track flights and get hotel information through the app.[64] MSN Travel
MSN Travel
was the only app in the suite that was exclusive to Windows. The app was discontinued in September 2015 but can still be accessed via the web.[65] Previously, Microsoft
Microsoft
had acquired Farecast in 2008, a website in the computer reservations system industry that offered predictions regarding the best time to purchase airline tickets.[66] Farecast was founded in 2003 and collected over 175 billion airfare observations by 2007.[67] Farecast's team of data miners used these airfare observations to build algorithms to predict future airfare price movements.[68] Microsoft
Microsoft
integrated it as part of its Live Search group of tools in May 2008 as Live Search
Live Search
Farecast; Microsoft rebranded it as Bing Travel on June 3, 2009, as part of its efforts to create a new search identity.[69] In 2009, there were allegations that Bing Travel had copied its layouts from Kayak.com; Microsoft
Microsoft
denied the allegations.[70] By January 2013, Bing Travel results were powered by Kayak.com. As of January 2014, the fare prediction feature had been removed. As of May 2015, Microsoft
Microsoft
rebranded the service to MSN Travel.[71] In August 2015, MSN Travel
MSN Travel
flight search pages changed from being powered by Kayak.com
Kayak.com
to its competitor Skyscanner. Older mobile apps[edit] Microsoft
Microsoft
first offered content from its MSN
MSN
web portal on mobile devices in the early 2000s, through a service it called Pocket MSN
MSN
(in line with its Pocket PC
Pocket PC
products of the era) and later renamed MSN Mobile. The original MSN
MSN
Mobile software was preloaded on many cell phones and PDAs, and usually provided access to legacy MSN
MSN
services like blogs ( MSN
MSN
Spaces), email (Hotmail), instant messaging (MSN Messenger), and web search (now called Bing). Some wireless carriers charged a premium to access it.[citation needed] As many former MSN properties were spun off to Bing, Windows
Windows
Live, and other successors in late 2000s, the Microsoft
Microsoft
Mobile Services division took over the development of mobile apps related to those services. In the meantime, Microsoft's MSN
MSN
apps took on a more content-related focus, as did the web portal itself. Previous versions of MSN
MSN
apps that were bundled with Windows
Windows
Mobile and early versions of Windows Phone,[72] as well as MSN
MSN
apps for Android and iOS devices in the early 2010s, were primarily repositories for news articles found on MSN.com.[73][74][75] Other earlier MSN
MSN
mobile apps included versions of MSN
MSN
Weather and MSN Money
MSN Money
for Windows
Windows
Mobile 6.5,[76][77][78] and ' MSN Money
MSN Money
Stocks' and a men's magazine called ' MSN
MSN
OnIt' for Windows Phone 7.[79][80] International[edit] Microsoft's world headquarters is in the United States, so the main MSN
MSN
website is based there. However, MSN
MSN
has offered various international versions of its portal since its inception in 1995 for dozens of countries around the world.[6] A list of international MSN affiliates is available at MSN
MSN
Worldwide.[81] Following the redesign and relaunch of the MSN
MSN
web portal in 2014, most international MSN
MSN
websites share the same layout as the U.S. website and are largely indistinguishable from it, aside from their content. There were two exceptions: ninemsn, a longtime partnership between Microsoft
Microsoft
and the Nine Network
Nine Network
in Australia
Australia
that launched in 1997 ( Microsoft
Microsoft
sold its stake in the venture and 2013 and ended its co-branding with Nine in 2016);[82] and MSN
MSN
China, an entirely customized version of MSN
MSN
for China
China
( Microsoft
Microsoft
discontinued the portal in 2016, replacing it with a page that links to a number of other Chinese websites).[83] See also[edit]

MSN
MSN
Dial-up List of services by MSN Microsoft

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