The Microsoft Network or MSN, as it’s commonly abbreviated, is one of the most popular sites on the web.
Many people log on to MSN com MSN Home for their daily dose of news and entertainment.
How popular is MSN?
It’s one of the top 50 most visited sites on the web!
If you’ve ever used Internet Explorer before then you’re already familiar with MSN since its set by default as the homepage on their browser.
Without a doubt:
MSN is definitely one of the heavy weights when it comes to popularity on the net.
I’m sure we all recognize the butterfly logo when we see MSN’s homepage.
It’s insane to even think about it:
It was only less than 20 years ago that MSN was released to the public and already it’s gained a massive following.
Back in 1995:
Microsoft launched MSN and the website has been growing in popularity ever since.
Yes, that was the same year that Microsoft launched Windows 95 for those of you curious.
In the beginning:
MSN was originally offered as a subscription-based dial-up service for those of you old enough to remember the slow old days of dial-up.
Internet speeds have improved substantially since then.
MSN has been applied by Microsoft to a broad array of products and services including MSN Hotmail (now Outlook), MSN Messenger (now Skype), and MSN search (now Bing).
Several other discontinued or rebranded services also followed suit.
Microsoft has updated both the look and feel of MSN’s homepage along with offering a suite of apps which were first introduced to the public in 2014.
It’s good to see Microsoft still cares about MSN enough to keep it up to date with current trends.
The website really does have an attractive layout which pops at you when you first see it.
If you think about it:
It has to do with the numerous photos scattered across its homepage.
Even as we mature into adulthood:
The truth is we never lose the desire for visual stimulation.
Microsoft has definitely done a great job overall in keeping MSN’s look and feel up to date.
Here are some more facts on MSN for you to enjoy right here:
As long as there is a need for marketing:
There will always exists advertisements.
MSN was identified as one of the key players in the internet advertising market segment.
I guess when Microsoft enters the tournament:
You better go big or go home!
Microsoft announced that it was pulling the plug on the Photosynth app on both Windows and IOS phones.
The company wrote:
“We are doing this because the new Photosynth Preview technology and its cloud processing is a more immersive way to capture a place than the spherical panoramas that our apps produce.”
Time to pull out your fancy cameras out of storage.
Microsoft isn’t alone in thinking that more and more services need to make their way into your pocket.
To prove their point:
Microsoft released six of its MSN apps for Android and iOS devices.
Out with old, in with the new.
Prior to the launch of Windows 8:
Microsoft took the time to optimize MSN for touch.
This new design was intended to appeal to both tablet and touch-screen PC users.
By way of touch:
Users could manipulate large icons across the screen and tap on items they want to read.
Everyone needs a make over once in a while.
Microsoft’s MSN is no exception.
Microsoft redesigned MSN to be built “from the ground up for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.”
The homepage of the site was given a cleaner, more modern design and layout.
For fans of Mozilla Firefox:
Microsoft launched a special version of MSN for the Firefox browser that came with MSN as the default homepage.
The memetracker-like version of MSN (msnNOW) would open up inside the browser as an app tab.
You never know what flavor of curry Microsoft will serve next.
Do you all remember MSN’s old Messenger chat box?
It originally launched in 1999 as Microsoft’s answer to the then-popular AOL Instant Messenger.
Well, in 2014:
MSN Messenger was officially shut down by Microsoft.
It’s crazy how in 15 years time something that was cutting edge all of a sudden became yesterday’s news!
Every company knows:
There are going to be instances when employees leave for further opportunities with other companies.
Microsoft’s ad executive John Flinn decided to leave Microsoft and join Zumobi as its vice president.
In case you’re wondering:
Zumobi is a Seattle-based mobile app development company.
Sometimes employees come.
Other times employees go.
In 2010, Microsoft went out and hired Ted Cahall (former CTO of AOL) as its new corporate vice president of MSN.
Cahall replaced Erik Jorgensen who was responsible for “the engineering, editorial, content strategy and media efforts for MSN worldwide.”
Entire teams will leave a company to go join another.
Just ask Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi who announced plans to acquire the MSNLite team for its own research and development purposes.
At the time:
The number of registered users of Xiaomi’s instant messaging app was somewhere in the ballpark of around 17 million!
What are your thoughts on these facts?
Which of these facts surprised you the most?