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New Goes Live

Microsoft has launched the next version of their home page,, one of the most popular sites on the internet. The new design features some modern (you could say “Web 2.0″) design touches, including gradients and dynamic elements. The front page now appears to contain as much, if not far more, information and links than before, while having more white space, less clutter and taking up less space than before. On looks, I give it an A.

Not everyone is a big fan. The PC Spy makes some valid complaints, especially on how the page does not “degrade gracefully” on older browsers with bad Javascript support. His points definitely drop it to a B, but as far as advanced sites go, I still consider it a job well done.

A lot of people are going to see the site. hovers at about the 15th most popular site on the ‘net. The site isn’t as popular as it used to be, as it used to spend more time in the top ten than out of it, but the late 2005 fall appears to have slowed if not stopped. Here’s Alexa’s rank graph over the last five years:

Xbox 360’s got a nice pinata snowman holiday site worth checking out as well.

UPDATE: Microsoft has a short (and mostly useless) article about the redesign.
(via Nick Mayhew)

December 18th, 2006 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Xbox, Xbox 360, Corporate | one comment
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  1. It’s sad to see the few links on the homepage that I actually used, go. The “product families” like Windows and Office are a little harder to go to now, and I hope browsing it without JavaScript isn’t too problematic… I hate sites that require it.

    Oh, just tried some things, and it’s _slow_ for me. Someone should try killing Web 2.0.

    At least the search is still there…

    Comment by Tim | 12/18/2006

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