This is what the new MSN homepage looks like

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 8, 2014
Updated • Sep 8, 2014

Whenever a popular Internet website announces changes, chance is high that a vocal part of its userbase, often not the majority,  criticizes some or even all of the changes.

Today MSN announced that it will launch a new version of its homepage in the near future inviting all users of it to take it for a test ride before the official switch is being made.

A prompt is displayed to visitors of the US MSN website that the new MSN is coming and that they can preview the new version right at that time with a click on the link.

Here is a screenshot of the old MSN homepage that displays the information at the top of the page.

Note that the banner won't be displayed when you visit the same page a second time or reload it.

old msn homepage

If you missed the banner or did not have time to click on the link when it was displayed, you can still load it with a click on this link.

When you open the new version you will notice immediately that it is now adapting to the browser's screen size. The old MSN website used a centered layout regardless of screen size.

That's not the only change that you will notice immediately. For one, the new homepage displays less text links and more image or thumbnail links.

Another new feature is the direct integration of services such as Facebook, OneDrive or Twitter. Once you link the service to MSN, usually by clicking on its link and signing in, you will receive updates right on the MSN homepage with options to go to the service in question for additional details.


News categories that get displayed on the MSN homepage can be customized easily. A click on the username at the top, this works if you are not signed in to MSN as well but may not be permanent in this case, displays an option to customize the page.

This allows you to add or remove news sections of interest. If you are not interested in entertainment, you can remove that section from the homepage and replace it with sections such as politics or tech & science that you may be interested in.

Note that this has only an effect on individual sections found below the breaking news section. Even if you disable entertainment, you may still receive news about Kate and William's new baby or other celebrity news up there.

I have to admit that I'm not using MSN or any news-type website for that matter. Good news is that it seems that the changes will be rolled out to all versions of the MSN homepage and not only the US one.

What about you? Are you a MSN user? If so, what is your take on the new design? Better? Worse? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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