The new MSN Home Page enters its second week and we are grateful for your feedback so far, both positive and negative.
We appreciate that significant change to long-established pages like this can be unsettling. However, we hope that the addition of more space on the page, more pictures, simpler navigation and more news and features will make it a compelling improvement.
The big change is the addition of Windows Live Services on the right hand panel — easy access to your most valued applications like Hotmail and Messenger and new services like Live Local maps and the SkyDrive web-storage service of which MSN users are getting a sneak preview.
The aim is to give you the familiar MSN Home Page with its news and features while adding value with the services and software and personalisation tools on the right hand column. We will add more services and more ways of making the page your own — including changing the colour scheme.
To address some of the specific issues raised by readers:
– the width of the site has increased in line with current industry trends to do more with higher resolution monitors, however, we have left the main advertisement the same size. Fewer than 4 per cent of our readers have lower resolution monitors than the site is designed for
– advertising: the main advertisement on the page is the same size and type as it was though the addition of a new right hand column means it is more central on the page
– too far too fast: the page was last significantly change almost a year ago. The new design will allow for more improvement and iteration and is built in a more flexible way for our editors to change the display, make key stories stand out more and do a better job of presentation
So far our traffic figures show the Hotmail access is particularly popular and that the news and features Carousel and Today in Pictures are proving very popular with you.
Click here for a video tutorial on how to get the most out of the new Home Page.
We do welcome your feedback on the Comments below or on email. I will respond to as many as I can personally and they are all being considered by those who build and design the site.
Executive Producer, MSN UK