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MSN.com Rolls Out Preview

newmsnLate last night, the developers at Microsoft’s MSN, which is one of the most visited sites on the net according to Compete.com, rolled out a preview version of it’s new website design. 

Since August 1995, MSN.com has offered visitors a look at some of the latest headlines from around the globe, a look into the entertainment world, a place to check out new items to purchase and has even offered its own search engine. The preview of MSN’s new website, is much more clean-cut, and has more of a modern feel.  The site will offer the same sections as it currently does but will primarily focus on videos, a new section to keep you updated on your social media feeds, and bring more local customizations to the homepage. 

Overall, Microsoft hopes that the new look will appeal more to users and bring more people to the site.  In June of this year, Microsoft released it’s new updated version of the search engine Bing, which has been given it’s own website but will continue to be featured on MSN’s homepage.  Last month, Microsoft announced that they would team up with Twitter to bring real time updates to the site.  The Twitter feature has been live since the announcement and has received rave reviews. 

MSNs big makeover is expected to be rolled out in full within the next several weeks.  You can check out the preview for yourself at http://preview.msn.com.

35 Comments

  • Pamela

    God, I hate this new MSN!! How do I get rid of the new Preview with but still keep MSN? I may have to dump MSN and go to AOL. Darn and they had it perfect before this crap started.

    It’s too white and gray… too darn cold.

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  • Damon

    I hate it too. As far as I know, I did not ask to be in a test market for it so I’m not sure how I got it – but it sucks! Give me back my old MSN!!!!!!

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  • Susan

    Do Not Like the MSN preview. Too spread out. Doesn’t have the financial features in the same spot – have to look for them. Had to negotiate. I agree with the others – how do I get my old MSN back????

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  • Wayde

    I don’t like MSN Preview. I want the old version back. Otherwise I will make igoogle my home site again.

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  • Cheryl

    I’m getting tired as heck of having my normal version one minute, and then the MSN Preview the next minute. Geez, enough is enough. This back-and-forth crud is a fiasco. For cripes sakes, if it’s not ready yet, and MSN has to constantly switch back and forth(like 10 times a day), MSN needs to ditch it!!!! I’m about ready to use something else as my home page.

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  • judy

    I hate the MSN Preview so much that I have switched over to FOXNEWS.com. My children switched to Yahoo.

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  • Ben

    I can’t stand it either. The white background is so bright it hurts my eyes. I’ll be switching my home page shortly.

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  • Donna Taylor..

    How do i get rid of msn preview i like my msn not the preview.I will have to switch as i find this very hard to read

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  • carl

    I found out if you right click on IE icon and run as Admin it will be the good old IE-8 – not the new lousy MSN preview. I have asked and asked MSN how to get rid of the lousy preview and they refuse to answer. They forgot who made them rich!

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  • Rich_F

    I can’t stand this MSN Preview either. It showed up on my desktop, but not my notebook. I have tried everything to remove it such as deleting browsing history, cookies, etc. but the darned thing is still there. I wrote Microsoft and asked for help to revert back to the classic MSN, but they have not respnonded. People don’t like this UI and there are tons of postings from people saying that they hate it. But Microsoft is not budging. I think Microsoft is taking lessons from Apple. They don’t seem to be listening to customers anymore. Well, like Apple, they are wrong. There are alternatives. I moved my homepage from that butt ugly MSN Preview to Yahoo.com temporarily and I will wait to see if Microsoft smartens up. If my notebook reverts to the new equivalent of MSN preview, then I am done with MSN. I am not adverse to change, but I am adverse to a UI I just don’t like. And I have been living with this horrible product for weeks now. The screen is too bright and annoying, it is too spread out. Some things are located in multiple places making browsing difficult. The hover-over feature is annoying as hell. The entire UI is focused on cuteness and not functionality. I think the way to force Microsoft back to its senses will be if users just go away form MSN. They will know that they are getting much fewer hits and realizs that customers needs are more important than their developer egos. You can’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

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  • chad

    I hate it please give back the old one or give us the option to change it!!

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  • Kurt

    I do not like the new MSN preview. If something is not broken it should not be “fixed”.

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  • carl

    Well, my previous post ref running MSN as Admin to get IE-8 no longer works. Guess the jerks at MSN found out and took that away from us. I hate the preview – does any one know how to remove it? I have searched the internet and asked MSN (course they will not answer me) and have found nothing.

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  • Chris

    I agree that the preview site is awful. I got the original back by first changing my home page to a different site. I then went to Tools, Internet Options and clicked the “Use default” button to change the home page back to MSN. So far so good! We’ll see how long it lasts.

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  • carl

    Has anybody found out how to get rid of preview? I have searched and searched – no luck

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  • Sean

    If MSN stays with preview I will switch my homepage and never return!!

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  • Roger A

    I can’t stand looking at the MSN Preview. I my old Home Page Back!!! What can we do?… Peace!

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  • Dom

    ok my granmother was experiencing the same problem i have her running fire fox im not sure how this will work with IE 8 or 7 but in fire fox i deleted all the cookies and cache and every thing checked off i cleared them i typed in msn.com and it brought me to msn.com but it was in potaguese but in the middle of the page it ask you if you want to be taken to msn.com USA click always take me to msn.com USA im supposing with users that use IE (internet explorer) clean your cookies and and cache to do that go to tools then internet options and then click Delete for browsing history if you do not see a tools option up top where it says file edit view etc hit the F10 key on your keyobard that should bring it up for you hope this helps all of you

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  • Sue

    Thanks Dom. Worked perfectly for me. This was driving me nuts. Thanks for saving my sanity.

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  • Mike

    Here you go. Click on a new tab, open an “Inprivate” browsing window and then click on the home page button, this will then bring up the old MSN homepage.

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  • Shelly

    I don’t like the new MSN either. Been trying to get rid of it for a few days. Thank you to Mike and Dom as to how to get back the old MSN. I’ll give it a shot before I switch to a different homepage.

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  • Bridget

    I cannot stand the new MSN, and am trying to find something to replace it unless we get the old MSN back. Anyone have any suggestions of other homepages, browsers, etc. This new one is so lacking content. So much empty space!!

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  • Ladies Man

    Found this blog through google, great work man! Keep up the good work!

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  • RLG

    Whatever happened to the good old days where MSN looked good and BING wasn’t even around? Both are terrible, Google seems to be the place to go now.

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  • Howard

    Mike,
    What do you mean by an inprivate browsing window?

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  • Jack

    I don’t get it. I have MSN Preview on my home computer, but on a friends there was the regular one.

    I hate this new one. Anyone know hot to get rid of it?

    Give the company negative feedback on their questionaire. I did.

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  • shawn

    I don notlike the msn preview at all. Has anyone found a homepage that they like better? The old MSN was my favorite

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  • DON. S

    I left yahoo for msn, now msn looks just like yahoo. Now I have to find a new homepage.MSN and Bing are real low quality. You would think Bill Gates would look at his property an see what a slum it is.

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  • Callie

    So the lovely MSN Preview is back….I hated it the first time and still hate it. Please, please, please give back the old MSN. At least I can still get it at the office.

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  • ARS

    I prefer the classic look too. I have both Chrome and IExplorer. Chrome brings up the preview page and IE brings up the classic MSN. Strange.

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  • Dom

    For all of you still asking how to get back the old msn page please read the forum Carefully the answer is here i had posted a RESOLUTION on January 12th please read as i know this will help you

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  • Claire

    I HATE the new MSN – it hurts my eyes. PLEASE give me the option to choose one or the other – this was pushed to me without my having a say. I DO NOT WANT IT!

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  • HATE MSN PREVIEW

    IT IS HORRIBLE – HARD TO READ!!!!!!

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  • Dom

    EVERYBODY THAT KEEPS WANTING THE OLD MSN BACK QUIT BEING LAZY AND READ THE FORUM THE ANSWER ON HOW TO GET IT BACK IS IN HERE I KNOW CAUSE I POSTED IT TWICE QUITE BEING LAZY AND READ OR DEAL WITH THE NEW MSN HOMEPAGE YOUR CHOICE

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  • Steve

    To Carl: I just tried your suggestion to right click the icon and open it as administrator. That still worked for me. Dom’s method did too. Of course they apparently are changing the site itself and no option will be available in the future as I understand it.

    “Overall, Microsoft hopes that the new look will appeal more to users and bring more people to the site.”

    Well, judging from the negative posts, I think they’d better hope that “Overall”, it appeals to ANY users and brings ANYONE to the site. I hope their competition looks around so they know what not to do to a good site.

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