With the Windows 8 GA (general availability) launch coming up later this month, Microsoft has decided to turn the MSN home page in to the dedicated home page for Windows 8 and IE10.
MSN Now Looks Like Windows 8, Is The Official Homepage for IE10
Microsoft has been preparing MSN as the de facto homepage for Windows 8 and IE10. So now MSN looks more like Windows 8’s new (Metro) interface with its tiles and bold color blocks. It has been made to look and feel exactly like a new Windows 8 app, all of which are composed of similar rectangular and square boxes with sideways scrolling rather than vertical. MSN now also scrolls sideways and is more ‘Windows 8’-like that any of the other online properties of Microsoft. Users have had mixed reactions so far, with some reporting frustration at the change and the others welcoming the synergy.
Microsoft has also said that MSN is the first thing that you see in IE10 when you launch it for the first time on your device. You can of course change it later if you like but then the fact remains that the millions of new Windows 8 devices that will go online for the first time will be seeing this new version of MSN instead of the usual web interface.
For those who haven’t kept up, Microsoft recently surprised everyone by changing the name of the new interface right before the launch. It was originally called Metro, a named that has been ever since Windows Phone 7 series came out more than 2 years back, and now it is simply called the Windows 8 interface. In a way it makes sense to eliminate any extraneous branding from Windows 8 and make a monolithic yet diversified brand for all consumer electronics running on it. However, it will still take time getting used to not calling it Metro.
Other online apps changed to suit Windows 8 include Hotmail (now Outlook) and SkyDrive.