Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT): MSN Portal to get a revamp on October 26

The MSN portal is going to get a revamp and the new-look and feel site will be available from October 26 onwards.

According to various reports, Microsoft Corporation(NASDAQ:MSFT) plans to make a touch-optimised version of the portal that will be available to users of its latest operating system Windows 8, Windows RT and Internet Explorer 10.

A preview of the upgraded portal will be available during Advertising Week in New York that starts from October 1 onwards.

The MSN portal has been little utilised by the company and its revamp suggests that the company may be ready to pay more attention to it.

The new portal will have a Metro look and feel. While optimized to be navigable via touch gestures, it also will support mice and keyboards. The MSN logo in the upper left corner serves as a "return to home" anchor for the site, Cnet said.

A very major feature of the upgraded portal will be MSN News, which will feature news from AP and Reuters along with news generated form its own team of reporters.

"Eventually, we also will offer a MSN Windows 8 app and Windows Phone 8 app, too," said Bob Visse, general manager of MSN.com. However he did not specify when the applications would be available.

ZDNet, which originally carried the report on the new MSN portal, said that the software firm also plans to offer a Windows 8 Bing News app that will aggregate news from across the world and deliver it to users.

This will be an add-on with the MSN portal news.

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