Microsoft to launch news operation

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SummaryMicrosoft Corp is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month

Microsoft Corp is launching its own news operation as part of its new-look MSN website when Windows 8 launches later this month.

The world’s largest software company is making a “big, multi-million dollar investment” to create a “decent-sized media operation,” said Bob Visse, GM, MSN Product Management Group.

Microsoft sold its 50 percent stake in news website MSNBC.com in July to BCUniversal. 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. MSN will chiefly aggregate news from other sources but it will also produce its own content, Visse said. He did not say how many journalists the news site would employ.

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