Microsoft has announced that it will be launching a new version of MSN for Windows 8 along with the release of Windows 8 later this month. As part of this, Microsoft is all set to launch its own news operation services. Bob Visse, General Manager, MSN Product Management group has stated that Microsoft is going ahead with their multi-million dollar investment for developing media portfolio.
Microsoft recently sold half of its stake in MSNBC.com news website to its long time partner NBC Universal. NBC Universal’s majority stake is now owned by Comcast. MSN has already moved ahead with the aim of setting up a news team office in Bellevue office by ramping up the operations in Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington.
MSN sources have stated that news to be published will be gathered from sources such as Reuters, the Associated Press and NBC. They have hinted at developing their own content but were tight lipped in releasing any details including the number of employees to be hired for the news site. The latest news site is designed for working effectively with the latest Windows 8 OS and Internet Explorer 10 to be launched by October 26th this year. The latest site will particularly impress tablet and touch-screen PC users who will be capable of modifying larger icons in the screen. The site for the first time will give uniform looks for all sections. Some of the sections in the website include news, sports, money and job listings.
The latest developments underlines Microsoft’s growing interest in developing their own content. It is only last month that Microsoft hired a former CBS Executive for running a new studio dealing with development of original entertainment for the XBox gaming console. The existing MSN website is known to be attracting 480 million visitors from across the world on a monthly basis. It also has the reputation of being one of the largest portals in the web.