Microsoft is set to give its MSN portal a major upgrade, freshening up the popular destination with a new look and with social networking hooks such as integrated Facebook and Twitter feeds. This is no minor change, but a bold departure from MSN's previous presentation. Microsoft says that the main purposes of the update are to declutter the MSN homepage and to refresh its outdated look.
Though the update is not live today, Microsoft is giving the public a sneak peek at the redesigned beta MSN site here [preview.msn.com]. MSN representatives say that the refreshed homepage will go live early next year and is the first step in a systematic process by the site to update the entire MSN network.