SOFTWARE HOUSE Microsoft is giving its Microsoft Network (MSN) homepage a refresh, bringing it into line with the look and feel of Windows 8.
MSN GM Bob Visse must have been chomping his way through a big book of marketingese, because in a blog post he described the new look as an "experience", rather than say, "a website".
The new look will come in at the end of this month, and Visse said that it was designed with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 in mind.
"The launch of Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 will change the way we use devices and the internet. It opens up a new class of opportunities for us to reimagine all of our products and services including MSN," he said.
"When we saw what Windows 8 and IE 10 could make possible, we saw possibilities we had never before imagined. We thought deeply about how you could interact with MSN in an increasingly touch and tablet-friendly world. We envisioned something completely new and refreshing that would surprise and delight. Something built from the ground up that harnesses the new technical capabilities in Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10."
So, that's what you have. A tiled look with pictures and text, or as Microsoft would probably like us to call it, "the Future".
Visse tells us that the new look MSN will be the first thing users see when they launch IE10 on a device running Windows 8, so that's something to look forward to.
"At first glance, you will notice the new look and feel. The new MSN is a full-screen experience that is clean, simple and built for touch. Whether you're reading daily headlines or catching up on the latest gossip, the experience is intuitive and consistent," he trilled.
"The content flows from the homepage to channels without interrupting the visual layout, and you'll know what stories are most important, just by viewing the size of the story tile."
News comes from sources like Reuters, and from the screenshots we gather that other tiles will offer you advice about things like getting a bikini body and which Universities have the craziest parties. µ
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