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Microsoft has just redesigned its MSN home page. The new MSN page is clutter free, easy to read, easy to navigate and contains items that will keep the user involved and interested. The new redesigned home page is designed to provide you a center location from where you can keep track of all the items that matter you the most. This includes keeping track of your Hotmail account, integration with social network such as Facebook and others, Bing powered search, News section to keep you updated with the latest happening around the world and much more.
What this service will do is that it will allow users to stream music for no cost at all and users will also have the option to download the music tracks they desire. Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN, Microsoft’s news and entertainment portal said:
Music is an important area for Microsoft. We are looking at launching a music streaming service imminently. It will be a similar principle to Spotify but we are still examining how the business model will work.
Spotify users are able to stream tracks for free from the web service which is supported by advertising. In order to avoid interruption caused by adverisements, user has to pay for a Spotify subscription of £9.99 a month.
Bale also gave a hint that this upcoming music streaming service could be tied with Microsoft’s Xbox gaming network, Xbox Live. However there was no confirmation as to how Microsoft will go about in linking the service. What will Microsoft charge for this service and whether it would provide ad-supported service freely or not remains a gray area. With the passage of time more details will become available.
The long-awaited upgrade to Microsoft’s search engine will soon make its debut. Sources with knowledge of the situation said the company is expected to demonstrate it at our All Things Digital conference next week.
Danny Sullivan has a nice write up on what we can expect from Microsoft. There are questions about when it is launching, what brand will it go under and how it will compete with Google. Microsoft is struggling in the area of both branding the engine and making it as good as Google.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is scheduled to appear onstage at the event, a three-day event that hosts top players from the tech and media industries in interviews by AllThingsD.com Co-Executive Editors Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher.
Code-named “Kumo”, the search engine is a major effort by Microsoft (MSFT) to raise its hand to table stakes in the battle for search market share with Google (GOOG)–something it desperately needs to do.
According to the latest metrics from comScore (SCOR), Google’s share of the search market rose to 64.2 percent in April from 63.7 percent in March and from 61.6 percent from a year ago. Meanwhile, Microsoft’s market share for the month topped out at 8.2 percent, down from 8.3 percent in March and 9.1 percent a year ago.
Lets see what will happen next, as I wrote that Google has already widens its gap against Yahoo. Will Google do same with Microsoft as well? Or vice versa?
Recently, the team behind Live Search made an addition of a couple of interesting features to Live Search Mobile.The two features are MSN video search and an MLB dashboard. More specifically speaking, Live Search has enabled search for baseball scores. This feature is expected to be cheered among the MLB fans. This is how the Live Search Team describes this feature:
Trying to keep track of the latest statistics for your favorite baseball team when you’re away from home and missing the big game? Just search for “mlb,” and we’ll give you a dashboard where you’ll quickly find the latest scores, news, and standings for your favorite team.
Coming to the seemingly interesting feature MSN Video search. The Live search team described this feature in this manner:
Looking to fill some time while you’re on the go and feel like grabbing a video news clip from Obama’s First 100-Days event? Now you can! Type “obama” in the search box on your mobile phone, and scroll down to the “MSN video” section of the results page to tune in.
Besides these recently added interesting features, you can also have access to local business listings, maps, directions, optimized web search and more. To use all these features just navigate to m.live.com on your web-enabled mobile phone and you are on your way. Have fun.