Microsoft sold its 50 percent stake in news website MSNBC.com in July to longtime partner NBCUniversal, now majority-owned by Comcast Corp
MSNBC's newsroom at Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington is being wound down, while MSN builds up a news team at its nearby Bellevue offices.
A new look MSN in the works
MSN will chiefly aggregate news from sources such as Reuters, a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp
Microsoft's flagship website, which gets about 480 million visitors per month worldwide, is one of the biggest portals on the Internet, alongside Yahoo
The site is being radically overhauled for Microsoft's touch-optimized Windows 8 system and Internet Explorer 10, which will be launched on October 26. The new look is designed to appeal to tablet and touch-screen PC users, who can manipulate large icons across the screen and tap on items they want to read.
For the first time, the site will have a uniform look across all its sections, from news and sports to money and job listings.
Microsoft's foray into news reflects the company's growing interest in creating its own content. Last month it hired a former CBS Corp
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