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.
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”.
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.