MSN (stylized as MSN) is a web portal and related collection of
Internet services and apps for
Windows and mobile devices , provided
Microsoft and launched on August 24, 1995, the same release date as
Windows 95 .
Windows 95's release,
Microsoft debuted THE MICROSOFT
NETWORK , a subscription-based dial-up online service that it later
turned into an
Internet service provider named
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 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 service,
Microsoft has used
the 'MSN' brand name for a wide variety of products and services over
the years, notably
Hotmail (which is now
Outlook.com ), Messenger
(which was once synonymous with 'MSN' in
Internet slang and has now
been replaced by
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 was first
Microsoft in 2014 as part of a complete redesign and
MSN is based in the
United States and offers international
versions of its portal for dozens of countries around the world.
* 1 Website
* 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
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
MSN as an online service and
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 Start,' located at home.microsoft.com.
Internet Start served as the default home page for
and offered basic information such as news, weather, sports, stocks,
entertainment reports, links to other websites on the Internet,
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 Start portal.
In 1999, the largely underutilized 'MSN.com' domain name was combined
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 in direct competition
with sites such as
Go Network . Because the new format
opened up MSN's content to the world for free, the
provider and subscription service was renamed
Internet Access at
that time. (That service eventually became known as
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 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 Explorer start
page, as all of the previous '
Internet Start' website was
merged with MSN.com.
Some of the original websites that
Microsoft launched during that era
remain active in some form today.
Microsoft Investor, a business news
and investments service that was once produced in conjunction with
CNBC , is now
MSN Money; CarPoint, an automobile comparison and
shopping service, is now
MSN Autos; and the
Internet Gaming Zone, a
website offering online casual games , is now
MSN Games . Other
websites since divested by
Microsoft include the travel website
Expedia , the online magazine Slate , and the local event and city
Sidewalk.com . The former
MSN 'butterfly' logo
used from 1999 to 2010.
In the late 1990s,
Microsoft collaborated with many other service
providers, as well as other
Microsoft departments, to expand the range
of MSN's services. Some examples include
MSN adCenter ,
(affiliated with eBay ,
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 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 Passport (now Microsoft
account ), also launched across all
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 portal was
ESPN.com from 2001 to 2004,
FoxSports.com from 2004 to 2014.
MSN had an exclusive
partnership with msnbc.com for news content from 1996 until 2012, when
Microsoft sold its remaining stake in msnbc.com to
the website was renamed
NBCNews.com . Since then,
MSN has launched
MSN News', an in-house news operation. The former MSN
'butterfly' logo used from 2009 to 2014. However, nine
MSN continued to
use this logo until 2016.
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 rolled out the newer
logo, together with a redesign of the overall website, on December 25,
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 8 , saying that the new version would be "clean, simple, and
built for touch."
Microsoft said it would be more app-like due to the
Internet Explorer 10 . More new features included 'Flip
Ahead', which allowed users to swipe from one article to the next. MSN
Windows 8 also had new deals with the AP and
Rebranding Of Services
Many of MSN\'s services were reorganized in 2005 and 2006 under a new
brand name that
Microsoft championed at the time,
Windows Live. This
move was part of Microsoft's strategy to improve its online offerings
Windows brand name. The company also overhauled its online
software and services due to increasing competition from rivals such
Google . The new name was introduced one service at a
time. The group of
Windows Live services used
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 services affected by the rebranding included MSN
Hotmail , which became
Outlook.com ); MSN
Messenger , which became
Windows Live Messenger (now integrated into
MSN Search , which became
Live Search (now known as Bing );
MSN Virtual Earth , which became
Live Search Maps (now
Bing Maps );
MSN Spaces , which became
Windows Live Spaces ;
MSN Alerts , which
Windows Live Alerts ; and
MSN Groups , which became Windows
Live Groups . Some other services, such as
MSN Direct , remained a
part of the
MSN family without transitioning to
Following the launch of
Windows Live, the
MSN brand took on a
MSN became primarily an online content provider of
news, entertainment, and common interest topics through its web
portal, MSN.com, while
Windows Live provided most of Microsoft's
online software and services. In 2012,
Microsoft began to phase out
Windows Live brand, referring to each service separately by its
individual brand name without any 'Windows' prefix or association.
Microsoft launched a completely rewritten and redesigned
making use of the company's modern design language , on September 30,
2014. The new
MSN portal features a new version of the logo that
follows a style similar to other current
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 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 News app.
* WEATHER: Current weather conditions, forecasts, maps, news, and
traffic. Syncs with the
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 website for online
* SPORTS: Up-to-the-minute scores, standings, and headlines from
leagues worldwide. Syncs with the
MSN Sports app.
* MONEY: Stock market tickers and watchlists, personal finance, real
estate, investments, currency converter, and more. Syncs with the MSN
* LIFESTYLE: Headlines, features, and other content related to
style, home & garden, family, smart living, relationships, and
* 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 categories. Integrates with video search from
Bing Videos .
The top of the home page provides access to
Microsoft services Bing ,
Office Online ,
Bing Maps ,
Groove Music , as well as popular social media services Facebook
Twitter . Signing into
MSN with a
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 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.
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 , an entirely customized version of
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