Microsoft decided that a design change was overdue for the MSN webpage which had not had a major redesign done in the past ten years.
The new MSN homepage went live in November of last year and many users criticized it. The main point of criticism was the to bright color scheme on the MSN homepage and other pages which made it very hard for some user to read the contents of the page.
If you look at our post about the design change of the MSN homepage back then you notice dozens of comments that all criticize Microsoft and the new website.
Update: Microsoft pulled the old version of the MSN website. It is no longer available, and there is no way to go back anymore.
The new MSN page has a feedback button at the bottom of the screen that can be used to send feedback about the design change to Microsoft. It is on the other hand unlikely that Microsoft will undo the design changes and revert back to the old MSN design.
But there is thankfully another option - at least currently - for users who want the old MSN back. Point your web browsers to http://msnmember.msn.com/ instead of the main MSN website. You will notice that MSN Members is still using the old MSN color scheme and layout.
It is likely that Microsoft will change the MSN members page design eventually so that it too will use the new layout and color schemes. We keep you informed on the matter and will post updates as soon as we get them.
Update: Please note that Microsoft has disabled the loophole and that there does not seem to be a way to access the old MSN website anymore. This is unfortunately for users who like the old layout, design and functionality of MSN and dislike what the new site offers.
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