MSN Fact sheet October 2013 The MSN homepage is the best

Fact sheet
October 2013
The MSN homepage is the best homepage to stay in the know — with search, news, local and social
networking all in one place. MSN offers the latest breaking news and popular news from Facebook, Twitter,
Windows Live and Bing. With more than 415 million people worldwide visiting MSN every month, MSN is a
top online information site, with localized versions available globally in 56 markets and 26 languages.
MSN for Windows 8
Built exclusively for Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10, MSN for Windows 8 gives people a place where
they can be informed, decompress and let their curiosity reign. From the updated user interface to blazing
fast speed and comprehensive content, MSN showcases what it does best — instant access to the
information people want most.
All about the MSN homepage
MSN is designed to be the best homepage on the Web, with powerful Bing search, the top news and hottest
entertainment, and convenient access to some of the most popular social networks — all in a fresh look.
Featuring a clean design and speedy performance, the MSN homepage cuts through the clutter, making it
easy for people to find the information they care about across news, entertainment, sports, lifestyle and
finance. Sophisticated programming delivers relevant information and tailored headlines based on customer
preferences. The homepage incorporates customers’ increasing desire for integrated search, relevant local
information, high-definition video and social media capabilities.
MSN homepage features
In-depth local experience
MSN offers extensive local information for more than 42,000 ZIP codes, including weather, news,
entertainment, traffic, tweets and events tailored to a visitor’s hometown. MSN is the only site that combines
media experience with Bing search, and also offers people real-time community news that is grouped by ZIP
code. Specific features of the MSN Local Edition include these:
News. Aggregates hyperlocal news from multiple providers, such as local newspapers and
Sports. Provides regional sports events, scores and news — down to the high-school level.
Weather and Travel. Forecasts local weather, traffic and gas prices.
Dining and Events. Provides reviews and information on local restaurants, bars and events.
Movies. Provides local movie show times and the ability to purchase tickets from Fandango’s network of
nearly 20,000 theater screens.
Jobs. Provides local job listings, powered by on MSN.
Maps. Enables people to see Bing Maps from the MSN homepage.
My Cities. Enables people to personalize their local experience with the ability to save up to three cities,
so they can keep up to date on the local news and information of their friends’ or relatives’ hometown.
Twitter. Access to the day’s top trends and movers on Twitter. Ability to check tweets by location —
powered by Bing.
A deeper look into MSN’s big five topics
News on MSN. MSN offers a full spectrum of news on everything from entertainment, business and politics
to what’s happening across the globe and right around the corner. The site presents compelling, diverse and
visually engaging stories on the consumer’s platform of choice, including the latest video and news from
respected sources such as; “TODAY,” the No. 1 morning news program; “NBC Nightly News
with Brian Williams”; “Meet the Press,” the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program; “Dateline
NBC”; and more.
Entertainment on MSN. MSN Entertainment, which includes MSN Movies, MSN TV, MSN Music and
Wonderwall, is a vast and popular Web destination, with more than 18 million unique visitors. MSN
Entertainment provides a fresh and engaging experience that offers consumers with original and partner
content. MSN Entertainment partners with leading content providers, including BermanBraun, Entertainment
Tonight, TheWrap and more.
Wonderwall. Launched in February 2009, Wonderwall is one of the top entertainment news sites on the
Web. It rakes in an average 12 million unique visitors per month and is No. 1 in engagement —
consuming more than 9 million page views per visits and spending more than 3.5 minutes per visit over
the past year. Wonderwall is a celebrity destination within an innovative, dynamic design, which allows
people to experience and interact on the latest of the lives of their favorite celebrities like never before.
Wonderwall includes the latest information and photos from leading celebrity and paparazzi agencies,
original editorial content created by the Wonderwall editorial team, and video content from MSN
content partners, including Entertainment Tonight and The Onion.
MSN Movies. MSN Movies offers access to expert content and reviews on new releases and DVDs,
including a rich database of movie trailers and overviews, actor profiles, photos, interviews and bios.
Customers can check local show times, post reviews, purchase tickets via Fandango, find seasonal movie
guides and more.
MSN Music. MSN Music brings to life a rich magazine experience providing artist interviews and
exclusives, music videos and live performances, full album audio streams, and more. Whether people are
looking for their music favorites or wanting to discover something new, with professional
recommendations from top music reviewers such as Robert Christgau and more, MSN Music is the right
Sports on MSN. on MSN is one of the top sports sites on the Web, providing more than 14
million sports fans with the latest news, video clips, stats, rankings and opinionated commentary on all things
from the world of sports. Fans have access to exclusive content from FOX Sports’ broadcast relationships with
the National Football League, Major League Baseball, NASCAR and college Bowl Championship Series football,
as well as columns by Ken Rosenthal, Jason Whitlock and Mark Kriegel — all of which complements the
dozens of hours of sports video programming and highlights available on the site each week.
Lifestyle on MSN. MSN Living offers information, resources and tools for more than 8.2 million Internet-savvy
working women and men on topics such as health, fitness, food, style, beauty, parenting and home decor.
MSN Living offers provocative and intriguing information from leading editorial experts, including Hearst
Corp. (Esquire, Redbook, Marie Claire, Popular Mechanics, Good Housekeeping and Country Living), Meredith
(Ladies’ Home Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, MORE and American Baby), Rodale (Men’s Health) and
Time Inc. (InStyle). A few of the top categories on MSN Living include these:
MSN Healthy Living. MSN Healthy Living is a deep and engaging site that averages more than 85 million
page views a month. It boasts more than 30,000 pages of content from industry leaders, including
Prevention,, Mayo Clinic, Harvard and EatingWell. MSN Healthy Living provides customers
with information and tools related to wellness, diet and fitness, nutrition, pregnancy and parenting,
diseases and conditions, and more to help live a healthier life.
Delish. The sixth-most trafficked food site on the Web, Delish was created by MSN and Hearst in fall
2008. It offers more than 4 million everyday cooks an array of content, including thousands of recipes,
how-to content, informative video, and food industry news highlighting entertainment and pop culture,
as it relates to food.
Glo. Launched in April 2010, Glo is a lifestyle site focused on style, beauty, living and relationship
content. Glo utilizes a unique vertical scrolling method, which presents its topics daily with a fresh and inthe-know perspective, filled with glossy, full-screen photo galleries, videos, and unique features. It
combines the imagery and feel of a magazine with the appeal of a dynamic site like It
features original content from its editorial team, premium content from HFM U.S. and MSN properties,
and relevant content from popular lifestyle sites including: Sugar/Sugar Entertainment, LimeLife,
Modelinia, Remodelista, YourTango, Stylespot and more.
Fitbie. Launched in December 2010 with Rodale, the authoritative source for fitness, diet and weight loss
content, Fitbie is the most recent addition to the MSN Lifestyle portfolio of sites. Fitbie brings premium
content from Rodale’s brands, including Women’s Health, Prevention, Runner’s World, Bicycling and
Men’s Health, offering advice on how to look, feel and live better by making the right diet and fitness
MSN Money. MSN Money is one of the top financial service sites on the Web, offering comprehensive online
financial resources and award-winning editorial content and tools to empower investors and engage
spenders and savers. People can stay informed with in-depth and current financial data, follow investment
recommendations, access financial tools, and connect with other active investors to enable smarter financial
decisions. Information is provided by top sources, including CNBC, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal,
Barron’s, and more. Personal finance tips are offered by top experts, such as Liz Pulliam Weston,
the Web’s favorite personal finance expert; Jim Jubak; Jon Markman; and others. Personal finance tools are
also available, including a mortgage calculator, debt calculator, scholarship search, capital gains analysis and
much more.
Top Stocks. As part of its continuing efforts to provide people with the right tools and information to
make confident decisions about their finances, MSN Money’s Top Stocks site features several
contributors, including industry pundit Gene Marcial, who brings his well-known Inside Wall Street
column exclusively to MSN twice a week.
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