Bing Vs new MSN with social sign-in options

By Daniel Chubb - Oct 6, 2014

After reporting news about Microsoft’s new MSN homepage and how its redesign doesn’t work in older Safari versions, we thought a quick look at the new social options was in order and how these benefit over 400 million monthly msn.com users. We also want to compare the new MSN homepage redesign to the old design, and how some people just prefer to set their home to bing.com instead.

You can see the Bing homepage below, which lacks some of the more diverse news and social sign in options seen with MSN. In fact, Bing focuses on search with trending searches and related information to the featured background image.

The screenshot below features Bing.com and while this was taken within the last 24 hours, the homepage background changes often. If you don’t use MSN.com as your homepage, then you might not have even noticed the redesign thanks to Bing not changing.

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You do have buttons at the top of your Bing page like outlook.com, search history, news, images, maps, and more. These are mostly focused on search, although this is exactly why some people bookmark this page as their homepage in the first place.

As one Product Reviews reader put it after hearing about the new MSN homepage, “No, I haven’t seen it as my home page never changes cause it’s going to bing.com”.

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Bing Vs new MSN with social sign-in – the screenshot above reveals the new MSN homepage and you can clearly see the differences made with its 2014 redesign, of course that depends if you used MSN.com often. While Bing is focused on search, MSN focuses on news and connecting people with popular related destinations in one click.

You will find the social sign-in options obviously favor Microsoft products and services. This is expected, just like you would see with Google focusing on their Plus community and other related services.

The new MSN homepage includes instant access to Outlook mail, OneNote, Office, Facebook, OneDrive, Twitter, Xbox Music, and Skype. Once you sign-in to these services, you can then see information directly from the MSN.com homepage.

This redesign means you can access your latest tweets, Facebook messages, Skype messages, and other Microsoft related information directly at MSN. This might be an information overload for some people and they’d prefer the simplicity of Bing instead, although those with many sign-ins might opt for the new MSN homepage.

Do you prefer to use the new MSN or Bing.com, as your homepage? You can see another screenshot below that includes the top half of the new MSN vs. its old design with totally different buttons at the top.

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  • JayB

    Bring back the last version, this new one sucks, what was this designer thinking about.Fire him/her!!!

  • Coach

    by the look of it no one likes the new version. Fire the person responsible and bring back the last version. Talked to over 100 people at work and not 1 person likes it. You are batting 0. Now on Yahoo because this one sucks. Hope your advertisers on your contract reads these comments. You are going to loose business. Or I guess you will just delete them so they don’t see them.

  • Debbie

    i hate the new msn design. I found the older version much easier to read. New version is loaded with pictures and therefore seems to hold less content. Go back to the old version MSN.

  • chrixri

    I’m having a very difficult time with msn. I go there from bing when I want to read a news article. When I go to the comments – if I’m lucky to see them at all – they’re all facebook folks. I’m not subscribed to any feed. I don’t see any Disqus, google, twitter, outlook folks at all commenting, nor do I see a page where all can comment together regardless of sign-in association.

  • outlaw

    I like the older version compared to new. You can’t get out look like on older version. Put it back it’s better

  • Toby Radloff

    I also notice that the new MSN won’t work on older versions of Mozilla Firefox either, typically those that come with some Ubuntu Linux distros. I have an older Asus EEE netbook that I later upgraded to Ubuntu Linux via Easypeasy, and the version of Firefox supplied doesn’t support the latest versions of MSN or Outlook, nor can Firefox 32 be downloaded without digging into the registry…downloading to Linux is a lot different than downloading to Windows. I tried several other browsers offered via the Ubuntu Software Center, including a very buggy Google Chrome knockoff called Chromium, but none would work well with MSN either. (I can’t get the real Google Chrome either without some complex programming,) Now, the netbook is semi-retired.