Microsoft announced the divestiture of their 50 percent share joint venture with NBC called "Msnbc.com." As part of this transaction, Msnbc will be fully owned and operated by NBC.
The agreement, provide Microsoft "new flexibility to deliver fresh and innovative news products across Bing and MSN. With MSN's massive reach of more than 520 million monthly unique visitors, and Bing's product roadmap, we are as excited about what the future holds as we ever have been," stated Bob Visse, General Manager, Microsoft Online Services Division.
"The pace, frequency and ways people are consuming news has changed dramatically over the past few years. People expect to see multiple perspectives and sources when they consume news, and they expect to receive news in real time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week."
With today's announcement, "we will be able to provide a broader perspective on what's happening in the world by offering more original and third-party content for the new Bing News app for Windows 8, a cornerstone application and entry point for search on our latest operating system," Visse adds.
Microsoft said, that in the fall, "we will be delivering a new MSN news experience. It'll be singularly focused on online consumers, harnessing real-time signals produced by social networks using the power of search to deliver breaking updates based on relevant topics."
Adding, "MSN will utilize advanced technologies to mine real-time information from the web to keep users constantly up to date and in the know on the latest breaking news and trends across the Internet. The result for MSN users will be more news sources, more perspectives, and more real-time time news. MSN will focus on creating a world-class news experience targeted to today's online news consumers," he said.
Also, recently, Fandango, (#1 ticketing service in U.S.) and MSN joined hands to help people in the US to take advantage of Fandango's ticketing services on MSN Entertainment and MSN Movies.
Now when you're checking out movies on MSN Entertainment and MSN Movies alongside reviews, trailers and overviews you can see where the film is playing in your area and also you can purchase tickets without leaving MSN through Fandango.