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MSN's Bob Visse Talks About Homepage Redesign (Plus Microsoft's Videos With Designer and Execs)

MSN Butterfly Logo

Here is a video interview BoomTown did with Bob Visse, GM of MSN Product Management today at Microsoft (MSFT) offices in San Francisco.

The new MSN homepage debuts tonight with a redesign cutting clutter, adding the ability to access both top social networking sites Facebook and Twitter, a local focus and with Microsoft’s new Bing search service everywhere.

But, as you can see from the logo above, the MSN butterfly logo remains, although it’s slimmed down too.

(Read all about the details here.)

The launch is the first major upgrade of the MSN main page in a decade, part of an overall rehaul that the software giant has been doing throughout its money-losing online services division.

Here’s Visse talking about the new MSN homepage, as well as two video interviews that Microsoft did with MSN Designer Wende Copfer, as well as MSN Corporate VP Erik Jorgensen, MSN U.S. head Scott Moore and Cyrus Krohn, who leads local programming strategy.

Here are the videos:

MSN’s Bob Visse:

MSN Designer Wende Copfer:

<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&#038;vid=d704362e-d32f-4f8a-a861-65aa1dc33df2" target="_new" title="Designing the new MSN">Video: Designing the new MSN</a>

MSN Execs Erik Jorgensen and Scott Moore:

<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&#038;vid=10bb298e-86b0-4d2f-b475-5087ff06bad0" target="_new" title="New MSN Homepage is unveiled">Video: New MSN Homepage is unveiled</a>

MSN’s Local Lead Cyrus Krohn:

<br /><a href="http://video.msn.com/video.aspx?mkt=en-US&#038;vid=a9a5dd94-6dff-4aa0-b534-8ad359992990" target="_new" title="Local Edition on MSN">Video: Local Edition on MSN</a>

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