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MSN Mobile Website Is A Pretty Useful Portal

A friend of mine pointed out the mobile version of MSN’s website to me and I was pleasantly surprised to see that it actually looked quite good on my BlackBerry. Obviously I have some gripes like the video not working but that is to be expected since the site is targeted at Windows Mobile users. It has some great content including weather, news, sports, finance, & entertainment. Its especially useful if you like MSNBC, Fox Sports, and Microsoft search.

Its very nice and clean which is really impressive considering how old school RIM’s mobile.blackberry.com website looks in comparison.

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Check it out by heading to mobile.msn.com from your BlackBerry.

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  1. Fyi – the mobile.msn.com link at the bottom hyperlinks to a gwhiz download page!

  2. My bad. Thanks for catching that Oliver. I must have used autocomplete on the link…

  3. this has been my homepage for my bb for over a year now

  4. We’ve tried to optimize for BB over the course of our first year. We look forward to BB supporting streaming video this fall with their first phone supporting video streaming, the BB Bold.

  5. Ron,
    Most of the OS 4.5 and 4.3 devices that are out now do support video streaming from YouTube and others through support of 3gp if I am not mistaken. Will this ever be supported?

    Nice work by the way. The site was very useful.

  6. Ronen,
    As far as I’m aware the BB Bold will be their first smartphone that will support direct video streaming on their OS. We’d love to be corrected on this matter and start serving video streams to BB customers.

    This blackberry article points to the need for downloads
    http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/articles/216/KB05419_f.SAL_Public.html#10

  7. Ron,
    That is a very old knowledgebase article based on OS 4.2 for BlackBerry. Since then RIM has released devices with OS 4.3 and 4.5 which both support video streaming. You can see what I mean at this link describing the features in OS 4.3 when it was first released:
    http://www.blackberry.com/btsc/search.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=KB14216&sliceId=SAL_Public&dialogID=173652304&stateId=1%200%20173650272

    3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) Progressive download

    Allows streaming and playback of media from web sites on the BlackBerry smartphone using a browser.

    3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) Real Time Streaming Protocol (RTSP) Progressive download

    Allows streaming and playback of media from web sites on Wi-Fi® enabled BlackBerry smartphones.

    This is not the best knowledgebase article since it is already out of date but I can confirm that my BlackBerry can stream video from Youtube mobile over an edge connection with AT&T.

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