The new MSN UK homepage has now been live for a week and released to all our readers.
We designed the page to be faster, easier to navigate, more legible, better connected to your social networks, give you more video, and more news.
If you want to know more we have a video tour here: http://tourmsn.co.uk
The speed to download is now faster than the old page and ahead of major competitors. We’ll continue working on it to ensure the news, pictures, video and important areas like Hotmail and weather download as fast as possible, making the page even more useful.
We’ve added more news higher on the page with more headlines for breaking News, more headlines for World News and a new Odd News column for those quirky stories we all love to read and share.
Video is proving very popular and your use of the homepage to get to the MSN Video Player service with its free-on demand TV shows has risen sharply. Thanks and we hope you are finding that entertaining.
I recognise that many readers have found the change jolting and the early performance problems irritating. I apologise again for that.
On some specific issues:
– Hotmail: The inbox is bigger but has set to "hide" your emails not "show" them as the old page did. We are looking to change that soon based on your feedback.
– Stocks quotes: The FTSE and stocks module will come back soon and we had a late problem which meant it did not make launch. We regret that.
– Weather: Details of the weather to be expected rather than the day will be restored when you "mouse over" the symbols. Thanks to you for spotting that error.
– White space: We have increased white space and reduced visual crowding on the page but are doing some work to reduce some of the excess to highlight content
I do hope you are finding the page more familiar and that it is doing what you need it to do and giving you more pictures, more stories and more video.
I welcome your feedback on this blog or on email to me and my team: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Bale, MSN UK