Nate Mook at BetaNews asks the question:
One of the most frequently asked questions following the Windows Live launch on Tuesday has been: “What happens to MSN?” Microsoft executives were quick to reassure that the online brand will survive. But with Messenger, Search, Mail and more becoming Windows Live services, what’s left for MSN?
The answer isn’t yet clear and will likely only come into focus once Microsoft’s next-generation products begin rolling out next year. What is known is that most existing MSN services will get the new Windows Live moniker.
MSN.com will remain as a content portal, Microsoft contends, but its future is murky at best. Some reports have stated that Live.com will become the new default homepage in Internet Explorer 7 and Windows Vista. Moreover, the new Windows Sidebar will integrate with content modules from Live.com – not MSN.
Much more by following the link, but it’s clear that a deliberate decision was made to downgrade the established MSN brand.