MSN with more than 480 million visitors per month is the top site in 27 markets and remains one of the most popular media destinations on the Internet, Microsoft said announcing the new MSN for Windows 8.
Designed exclusively for Windows 8, "the all new MSN will be available on October 26th, gives you a place where you can be informed, decompress and let your 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 you want," posted Bob Visse, General Manager, MSN.
At first glance, you will notice the new Fluid Design. The new MSN is a full-screen experience that is clean, simple and built for touch. The content flows from the homepage to channels without interrupting the visual layout, and you'll know what stories are most important, just by viewing the size of the story tile.
MSN for Windows 8 on Internet Explorer 10 lets you easily view images, slideshows and videos, without compromising the overall experience.
"The result is a cleaner more "app-like" experience that allows you use the Flip Ahead feature to swiftly jump from article to article with a simple gesture. The pages render twice as fast as the classic MSN web experience. You can use the Snap feature to snap a given page to the side of screen - say your favorite stock- while you engage in another program or page," Visse blogged.
In addtion, Microsoft also introducing MSN News, which deliver short succinct news bites from 300-500 words providing you with quick snap-shots of information.
Watch the video embedded below introducing MSN for Windows 8:
In other Windows 8 releated news, Microsoft's Patrick O'Rourke, director within the strategy, planning and communications team revealed that the company's employees have already been using the new operating system since mid-July.
He said Microsoft has created a special program called "dogfooding" that requires employees to install the company's latest products before they are released to the market. This way, they can detect and fix problems just in time for the big launch.
"We call this "dogfood" in that we're eating our own dogfood. This program enables the IT department to help Microsoft's product teams deliver higher quality products and services to customers, both near-term and long-term," he explained.
Adding further, "for Windows 8, about 30,000 systems and 30,000 employees have been involved, both near-term and long-term," as O'Rourke said.
Also, at the Misco Expo 2012, a Microsoft head of technology for partners, James Akrigg, confirmed the speculation stating that Windows 9 is the next major project to be released by his company.
"It should just work. I'm not going to say we're going to do it [reach perfection] with Windows 8 because we're already working on Windows 9," he said when asked about his expectations regarding Windows 8.
Sources close to the matter are also suggesting that Microsoft is working on a different Windows iteration called "Windows Blue," but this one may actually be the first major improvement to the yet to be released Windows 8.