Microsoft wants to build its own online news service, and to make that possible, the first order of business was for the company to kill MSNBC.com — its its widely recognized joint venture with NBC — after 16 years.
According to the Associated Press, the relationship between NBC and Microsoft began to unravel in 2005 after Microsoft sold its stake in MSNBC’s cable TV channel to NBC.
As a result of the divorce between the two companies, MSNBC.com has been rebranded to NBCNews.com. For further confirmation, readers who visit the old URL “MSNBC.com” URL will automatically be redirected to the new address NBCNews.com.
Similar to a real-life divorce between humans, NBC is packing up and moving out of MSN’s home in Redmond, Washington back to NBC’s longtime home in New York City.
R.I.P. to MSNBC … you will be missed :(