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How To Access The Old MSN Website

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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How To Access The Old MSN Website
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How To Access The Old MSN Website
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Find out how to access the classic or old MSN website after Microsoft changed the design and layout of it significantly.
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  1. Carl Timm said on March 12, 2010 at 3:28 am
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    Leave things alone!!I want my old web page back ASAP. if not then I’ll switch web pages LOL………

    1. Anonymous said on December 16, 2010 at 11:59 am
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      HI IM JACQUELINE AND I APPRECIATE IF I CAN GET MY OLD MSN BACK CAUSE ITS A LOT OF CONFUSION IN THE NEW ONE TNX HAPPY FIEST

      1. jayline said on September 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm
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        hi this is jayline today I got the new msn home page I really do like this one I will like to have my old one back pl in very confusion the new one I use to my old one and is easy on my tk very much have a nice day

  2. karen sorbilli said on March 13, 2010 at 12:34 am
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    I would like the old MSN page back. I do not like the new one. Please send me how to get it back. Thank you

  3. Judy said on March 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm
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    I am very disappointed in this new design. These imposed revisions are not improvements; they are cumbersome to maneuver and unattractive. Perhaps it is time for me to change to a different web page.

  4. veronica said on March 13, 2010 at 10:25 pm
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    i would like to know how to get my old version of the msn back
    e-mail me and let me know how to do this.
    thank you

    1. ryans2003 said on August 2, 2010 at 2:25 am
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      no way

    2. ryans2003 said on August 2, 2010 at 2:26 am
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      i want the old msn i dont like the new one

  5. MARIE EVENSON said on March 14, 2010 at 12:05 am
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    PLEASE PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK AND TELL ME HOW TO GET MY OLD MSN HOME PAGE, I AM 75 DO NOT LIKE CHANGE, I LIKE THE OLD ONE

  6. Frank F said on March 14, 2010 at 3:30 am
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    Brilliant move MSN.com! You kept feeding me the new MSN homepage from Nov., but I managed to get the old one back, so stayed with MSN.com, Loved the old page for several years now. However, now that the change is permanent, I’m switching to igoogle or something. Not that I wouldn’t trade anything for the old MSN.com in a moment, but until I find something that is I like as much as the old MSN.com homepage, will have to look for somethings else. To those of us who liked MSN.com, an inconveience at best.

    Maybe, marketing data prompted you to make the change, whatever. However, could have at least left those of us devoted to the old page (me?) an option to stay with it. Knew where everything was and liked the design. In fact the new banner page looks like something a prekindergartener could have come up with (though, in my opinion, they probably could have decidend on a better design a better job). Maybe some setting like choose your preferences (i.e., new or old) might have worked

    Perhaps Google will design something for us to replace the old MSN.home page.

    Goodbye MSN.com. Its your website and you’re free to choose who you appeal to and who you throw under the bus. Also, no offense intended to the people who designed the new webpage. I’m sure it will appeal to a lot new perhaps even aold users and has some good features.

    Anyway, Goodbye to the old MSN.com homepage. a good friend and homepage over the last several years.

  7. Frank F said on March 17, 2010 at 3:16 am
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    Although don’t like the design of the new MSN.com homepage, after messing with the customization features at the top, I found that I could get a reasonable facsimile of the old home page, including a blue banner replacing the color crayon headers at the top. but, I couldn’t find out how to get the listings at the top back, which were convenient. I do think MSN.com missed a shot at not loosing a lot of users by not saying something like “like the old homepage? You can recreate it using our customization feature,” etc., Also, since the new page is customizable, they could have gone a step further allow you to recreate the old home page exactly as you like it, for the people who don’t like new home page. However, this will do for now as long as they don’t decide to eliminate this customization feature as well. The result came out as http://msnmember.my.msn.com, but I believe you can change the name.

  8. April said on March 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm
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    I was mad in Nov when this new homepage came up but it went away a few days later. Had I known msn was going to this new homepage permanently I would have started looking, in Nov., for a diffrent homepage that I liked. I really like the old msn homepage. With the new msn homepage I might as well not bother having a homepage, it sucks. How do I get the old homepage back???

  9. Anonymous said on March 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm
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    If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Hate the new MSN home page!

  10. Anonymous said on March 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm
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    msnmember.msn.com has been updated now as well.

  11. TIM DILLION said on March 25, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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    PLEASE PUT BACK ASAP THE OLD FORMAT FOR MSN OR ILL WILL CHANGE MY HOMEPAGE AND WEB SITE…….

  12. BN said on March 29, 2010 at 11:23 am
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    Even http://msnmember.msn.com/ has been chnaged to the new layout.
    Looks llike we’re “stuck” with what looks like a less informative page vs. the old one.

  13. G. Sellers said on March 31, 2010 at 2:51 am
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    I want my old msn page. It’s easier to read and find what I want. Why change something that doesn’t need changing.

  14. JOHNNY said on March 31, 2010 at 4:42 pm
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    I WANT THE OLD MSN PAGE!! IF I CAN’T I AM GOING TO SWITCH TO YAHOO OR CNN!!!! THANK YOU…………..JOHNNY

  15. brenda said on April 2, 2010 at 2:10 pm
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    want my old homepage back.I dont like the change,its confusing

  16. Judy said on April 21, 2010 at 3:33 am
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    i HATE THIS NEW MSN SITE THE BRIGHT LIGHT HURTS MY EYES I AM GOING TO CHANGE MY HOMEPAGE..

  17. victor said on April 24, 2010 at 3:05 am
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    please i do not like this neq msn so please put it back like it was ok

  18. chaos999 said on May 1, 2010 at 7:14 pm
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    the new msn page is very unattractive as well as difficult to surf through if you are a novice . I hve made aol my home page after religiously using msn on all of my systems.

  19. reiko said on May 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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    i really don’t no how to use the new msn juz seeing e-mails and creating a new mail can be so difficult!! i need to send an urgent mail out but i can’t i hope msn can revert the new version back to e old one….i don’t like the new one

  20. reiko said on May 15, 2010 at 2:23 pm
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    old version pls!!

  21. Homeless said on July 2, 2010 at 8:28 pm
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    I get the feeling that MSN has the same attitude as our politicians do these days, and that is that they know better and other opinions do not matter.

    I really liked the old MSN hotmail but know that had to change? It was so easy to work with like to put a picture or file in the e-mail I just dragged or copy/paste in the e-mail. Now it has to go thru a server to get it attached in the e-mail and most the time it doesn’t come out right or get delivered in entirety? Maybe that change was done to make it more secure or whatever reason. If it was security I do not see how adding another location and several more steps could make it more secure that is not true.
    Maybe it was one more way to track and monitor people more. I have heard a theory that Bill Gates has become a government person just short and yet far above a politician in the common sense. That may explain the push for things like silverlight which is not far complete peer to peer.

    Looks like privacy is going away. for those that say they have nothing to hide wait till they are trying to do something and there is a person who can access their data. Good luck with your future court battles against the politicians or government cause they will know your every move right or wrong, even if they are the ones that are wrong that kind of advantage makes a lot of difference.

    Anyhow I would like to say that I loved the old page the layout was fantastic for seeing all news at a glance then just a matter of a click to go where I wanted. It really stinks now and I only go there to check my mail which I may change to the new site I find to call home. I no longer go to the MSN site as home. Maybe it is time for someone new to stepup and offer what you have left behind and bring back the “old style” MSN webpage.

    Thanks for the new improved page maybe it will catch on for some people. Not for me though. I guess it will be time for many to say good bye to MSN, Shame I have been going there since its conception.

    1. Anonymous said on December 16, 2010 at 12:13 pm
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      i hope as soon as possible i get my old msn back tnx regards jacqueline happy fiest

  22. lou said on December 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm
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    change is good ……..your new page not so good……less info .too bright and light
    so goodbye

  23. Owen W said on January 28, 2011 at 12:48 am
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    I Know A Way To Do It http://www.waybackmachine.org

  24. phill said on July 27, 2011 at 11:28 pm
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    really hate the new msn homepage, i want the old page back. i really think in this day and age we should have the option

  25. phill said on July 27, 2011 at 11:33 pm
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    can get the old homepage back but wont stay as default, just the new piece of tat. come on somebody must know how. would like to meet bill gates in a dark alley lol

  26. atleast said on August 15, 2011 at 2:46 am
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    At least have an option to view the old layout. The new layout seems like there is a lot less content.

  27. Robert Irwin said on September 9, 2011 at 7:01 am
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    I resent some know-it-all decides that what I have is not good for me and without consulting me changes everything. I paid $69 to keep the homepage I had and you punks change it. I want my old home pate back. If you won’t do that, I may ask for a refund and go with Comcast. Since Quest has been taken over by ????? it has been nothing but a big mess up.

  28. Bob the handyman said on September 30, 2011 at 5:44 pm
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    Type http://www.mymsn.com into the address bar. The MSN web site comes up 2nd, under “did you mean my msn. Now click on to the MY MSN under the main web title,and the old msn will come up.Now put the link into your Favorites for the next time your home page gets hijacked.

  29. Anonymous said on August 28, 2012 at 4:13 pm
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    Tell me how to get my olld msn home page back I can not get to my e-mail

  30. margie melendez said on October 14, 2012 at 5:32 pm
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    I do not like the new msn. I want the classic msn back. Email me how I can get it back.

  31. flunkmusic said on December 29, 2012 at 8:03 pm
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    i don’t even use msn but after reading these reviews i don’t think i’ll even try it

  32. marge berg said on January 20, 2013 at 9:36 pm
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    was an msn user. but something happened to account. cannot get into it now so cannot use it. won’t let me enter a new password. forgot the old one.
    why should i have to open a new account to use your service. want answers asap not in 24 hrs.

  33. Lanene said on February 23, 2013 at 3:28 am
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    This new color is horrible, my eyes can not adjust, It hurts my eyes to look at my e-mail now, I am 73 years old, the old way was so much easier on my eyes. I loved MSN WEB SITE, but now It is terrible with those colors. Please reverse and give me back my old MSN way of doing things. Thank You. Please e-mail me how to get the old MSN back.

  34. Terri Miles said on March 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm
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    All I get is a totaly white screen and a bing bar which I hate, LEAVE IT ALONE PLEASE!!

  35. Bob said on March 3, 2013 at 1:30 pm
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    Thanks! I have my old MSN page back.

  36. Philip said on March 5, 2013 at 10:34 am
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    I want my old msn back, thanks!

  37. doug said on June 14, 2013 at 6:59 am
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    your new msn website is bullshit! i want msn classic!

  38. Paul said on November 6, 2013 at 11:10 pm
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    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  39. me said on February 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm
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    fthis reminds me of the [MTV] tussle. sing now… ” i want my msn nnnn ” on a more serious note ” give us our old [ *%#$in ] back!!!

  40. Anonymous said on September 9, 2014 at 1:05 am
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    that’s it. changing home page. the new one stinks.

  41. Harvey said on September 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm
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    I’m 71yr old. I’ve been with msn since day one. I like the old msn better. You guys make changes just like Obama and they are all bad. This is a dumb change you made. I don’t like the new one. If you don’t put it back the old one I am going to a different one.
    Who ever made this change should be fired. You had a good product before, why change.

  42. carolyn olsen said on September 17, 2014 at 6:02 am
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    I am absolutely shocked that in what seems to in a single moment , you have changed my website to something I simply do not recognize and want my old msn format back. It seems like I left my house this morning and found myself either locked out of my house or I find myself in a house that is not mine. Disgraceful what msn has done and I can not accept it. You force me to leave msn and go create a new website elsewhere……… ……….. ……….PERIOD!!!!!

  43. Judye said on September 30, 2014 at 8:36 am
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    I hate the new MSplease.N so much I am ready to slam my laptop on the floor and stop it. Change it back to the old MSN, please, please.

  44. JIM said on September 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm
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    STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN`T SAY IT ENOUGH LEAVE IT ALONE IDIOT`S NOT EVERYBODY WANT`S YOUR NEW STUPID WEB PAGE. PUT IT BACK THE WAY IT WAS. WHO EVER DID IT SHOULD LOOSE THEIR JOB. CHANGE IS NOT ALLWAYS GOOD!!!!!!!!!! IDIOT`S.

  45. Jean Murphy said on September 30, 2014 at 10:48 pm
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    I hate the new MSN It left out my weather site that I like to go on and look at the radar
    map that show the weather maps in real time, so I can follow the weather through out the
    State of AZ. I don’t see any place in the new MSN where I can follow that. I miss it among
    other things. I find the NEW MSN to be choppy and unatractive. Plus difficult to manuver.
    I hate it. Change is acceptable if it serves all the people all the time, but not good if it
    serves some of the people some of the time. This is not a good change. If you don’t want to
    change it back that is BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!!. Because the customer is always right.
    And your not listening to the people who pay your payroll. Think about that.

  46. kh said on September 30, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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    HMM….MSN you messed up this time. The new MSN page has an awful lot to be desired…I’m switching…too bad I really like MSN..just not your new PAGE. Have you ever heard the phrase “if it’s not broke don’t fix it”

  47. Lynda said on October 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm
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    CRAZY CRAZY CRAZY Please bring back the old!!!!!

  48. Don Ellis said on October 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm
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    Your new web page stinks, I want the old one back or I am out

  49. Mary Ann said on October 1, 2014 at 9:08 pm
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    The new home page sucks! I’m going to look for something else.

  50. ted said on October 2, 2014 at 4:47 am
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    the new page sucks! put it back .the old way . im going to look for something else . by by

  51. orlando/Miami Fl. said on October 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm
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    I prefer the old (classic) msn page. Thanks,

  52. Timothy Lantz said on October 3, 2014 at 2:15 am
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    I tried the alternate website listed above to access the old msn website and it brought up the new website. What is the deal with this?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on October 3, 2014 at 8:02 am
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      Microsoft has removed the option and redirects the site to the new MSN.

  53. Anonymous said on October 3, 2014 at 2:23 am
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    I cannot get into my stock portfolio in your new MSN

  54. Anonymous said on October 3, 2014 at 3:53 pm
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    What arrogance. A perfectly good product destroyed. Another classic marketing debacle like “the new coke” for those of us who remember how horrible the new coke tasted. So the brilliant executives had to go back to the original recipe, billions of dollars wasted because they weren’t “listening” to their own customers. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  55. b.g said on October 4, 2014 at 3:19 am
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    new msn bad ? try excite.com or my way they look like the old msn

  56. Andrew said on October 6, 2014 at 2:59 pm
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    PLEASE….PLEASE….PLEASE….GIVE ME BACK MY OLD MSN.
    NEW ONE IS REALLY BAAAAD. THANKS

  57. marge said on October 6, 2014 at 5:09 pm
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    want my old one bqfk

  58. Anonymous said on October 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm
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    I HATE the new MSN version, Please go back to the previous MSN

  59. IRENE said on October 7, 2014 at 10:31 pm
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    please email me as how to get the old msn home page I don’t like this one

  60. Gary said on October 9, 2014 at 1:18 am
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    I can not use the new one with my I-pad it keeps going to key board or jumps around if I can’t get old one will have to switch. It sucks and do not like it.

  61. Janice Lyons said on October 12, 2014 at 5:42 am
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    Un-freakin-believable.

    The previous My MSN could be uniquely customized. We had the weather of all of our family around the world in one spot. We had the links we use Every Single Day over and over in one place (the hell with burying them in the favorites or bookmark lists). We now have to go back and reconstruct that list and find another way to access it — which is a PIA and a waste of my time.

    We do not buy the tabloids WHY should they be inflicted on us on a homepage we look at hours every single day????

    Having random “news” !!11!!!! pictures which take up 1/4 – 1/3 of our Screens is bizarre. Guess what? Most of these things We Do Not Care About. If I see a headline or a link I am interested in I will go there. We do not want it shoved down our eyeballs.

    The options suck all the way around. I have sent many many many complaints in the feedback section.

    The number one complaint is that WE KNOW HOW TO READ AND DO NOT NEED PICTURES FOR EVERY DAMNED THING ON THE SCREEN.

    Gone are the finer points of the sports news we had tucked in one side for the one family member. Gone is the list of health and medical news another family member kept their finger on.

    Sheesh. I cannot imagine a worse screen. I barely tolerate yahoo as it is and aol is similar though on a smaller scale.

    And “customize” “personalize”??? What a complete joke.

    It looks like a high school design project.

    Bottom line? We are Gone Gone Gone from MSN. Currently trying to set up on a way lesser know site we create ourselves.

    Nice while it lasted.

  62. Gary said on December 7, 2014 at 5:20 am
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    I guess someone had to justify their job at ninemsn as a creative genius by creating this new web page, how much were they paid for this rubbish. Sack “em’ & go back to reality. When you’re on a good thing, stick to it. Guess you’ve lost another supporter….

  63. Anonymous said on March 9, 2015 at 6:13 am
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    Give me back my old msn.com.au website this is absolute rubbish. Leave things alon e will you dont try to fix what isnt broken. Wull change websites if not fixed very very very soon

  64. Max said on July 13, 2015 at 2:17 am
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    Th new home page is an abomination. When you have something that is not broken, then there s no need or benefit in replacing it. It has just justified some geek getting paid a bonus for filling in his time rather than doing nothing.

  65. ken pallutch said on August 30, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    put my “watchlist” back the way it was !!! you messed everything up on my computer … give it back the way it was and leave it alone !!!

  66. Joseph said on March 8, 2017 at 6:48 pm
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    This new MSN is the pits, I want the old one back, why fix something that is not broken? I am switching to CNN home page. Joe

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