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ninemsn is an Australian website owned by Mi9 in partnership with Microsoft. It was originally established as a 50:50 joint venture between Microsoft and PBL (later Nine Entertainment Company) in 1997. Microsoft sold its stake in the venture to Nine Entertainment Company in 2013.
It serves as the main website for the Nine Network, and is the website that automatically appears when Australian users sign out of Outlook.com. While ninemsn was jointly owned by Microsoft, it also replaced the main MSN website in Australia. Microsoft have since developed an Australian version of MSN.
The venture was established in 1997, with a combined investment of $50 million, which brought together all the online assets of Microsoft and all the media assets of PBL, which include the Nine Network, Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) and other PBL assets.
In 2006, ninemsn purchased 5th Finger Pty Ltd, a leading Australian SMS and mobile marketing service provider.
Ninemsn introduced a new logo and a major redesign in mid-2011, allowing users to customise the site to their own preference.
Microsoft sold its 50% stake of Mi9 (formerly ninemsn) to Nine Entertainment Company in 2013. As part of the arrangement, Microsoft signed a long term strategic partnership agreement, whereby Mi9 will continue to represent Microsoft’s suite of advertising products.
In 2014, Ninemsn has introduced an all new flat logo also design tweaks and an overhaul user interface which was a simpler design and a new look to Australian website.
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