Today Microsoft unvealed its new format for the MSN.com homepage in a public preview.
What are the most interesting changes?
- First of all, the new MSN is lighter. All this stuffed, bloated site is gone.
- A new, simplified MSN butterfly logo has been introduced, trademarked on October 12.
- Easy pastel colors highlight the topic areas of the site.
- A prominent Bing search bar has been embedded on top.
- There is a local version of the site with information around your city/region (see photo below).
- You have a number indicator how many unread mail you got in your Hotmail, right on the top.
- Widgets for Hotmail, Windows Live, Facebook and Twitter give you fast access to your social networks, with a single mouse click. Of course, Facebook and Twitter are accessed with their respective authentication flows (Facebook Connect and Twitter OAuth).
In my opinion, MSN is now a worthy homepage, with info you want and access to stuff you need. What do you think?