Big announcement today from MSN, Microsoft’s content network property, as big as their homepage which has just unveiled its new look and feel. Â If you’re in the U.S. and you visit MSN from time to time if not on a daily basis, you’ll notice that the website is kind of different right now. Basically, MSN now focuses on four main deliverables - news, social networking, local networking and of course – Bing search.
Actually, the redesign has began as early as November 2009. MSN has been gathering feedback while answering those meaningful ones by way of updates to the site. In fact, they have made 30 updates since November, all courtesy of MSN users who’ve sent their feedback to MSN.
So, what are the new features of the MSN site? Here are the major ones:
It’s all about Bing – Increased Bing search box prominence, new TrendWatch highlighting Â the dayâ€™s top movers on Twitter, enhanced editorial programming of search-related content, increased prominence of popular searches and testing of search history features
Localization features – Now includes hyper-local tweets, myCities, 3,000 news video clips from 36 local markets delivered in partnership with NBC Local Media and Hearst TV.
Media and News – The homepage now has more media and news items including HD video viewing.
Social Networking – Social networking module of the homepage is now default to Facebook, being the most frequently used, according to MSN.
Basically, MSN is going into the same content-rich homepage design of Yahoo’s content network – something that delivers the goodies to users all in one place. Hopefully, this sparks more interest into the site and converts to more monthly eyeballs for MSN.