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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

October 1, 2012 at 8:30 AM

Microsoft unveils redesigned MSN for Windows 8

MSN-New.jpgMSN is getting a new look.

In line with the tiled-based, clean look of Windows 8, Microsoft has redesigned its MSN site, to launch Oct. 26 along with the new operating system.

The new site, which is specifically for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, is designed to be touch friendly, speedier, and with a consistent look and feel throughout MSN’s various sections, such as news, sports and entertainment.

(People using older versions of IE or on other browsers such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera, will see the “classic” MSN design.)

“It’s the biggest update of MSN that we’ve ever done,” said MSN General Manager Bob Visse.

Those using the redesigned MSN on IE10 and touch-friendly Windows 8 devices will be able to flip ahead on contents by flicking pages horizontally.

Sections within MSN will all feature the “msn” brand prominently displayed on the upper left.

Here, as an example of a section of MSN, is what the new “News” section will look like:

MSNNewsVertical.jpg

Speaking of news, MSN has been on a hiring spree for its news operation, ever since Microsoft and NBC parted ways over MSNBC.com.

Visse declined to give specific details and numbers on the hiring front. But he did say: “It’s the first time we’ll be operating our own news offering. Part of the reason we did that: to have a broader news offering so we can offer more social, more from the Web.”

Here’s a video introducing the redesigned MSN:

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Video: The All New MSN for Windows 8

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