The new navigation is aimed at helping you quickly find the most sought-after content on Microsoft.com. We based our design on data of the most common tasks, products, and services that people come to our site for, and then we validated and improved the design during months of customer testing. It’s extremely important to us that you find what you’re looking for on Microsoft.com. That can be a challenge because we serve up hundreds of thousands of pages and address the interests of millions of customers.
Customers told us it was too hard to find what they were looking for on the home page. So we separated the main navigation menu from the featured announcements on the page. This separation makes it easier for you to either scan the announcements for new items of interest, or dig into the site navigation. Moving the menu to the right side of the page turned out to be the solution that looks best and makes the menu easiest to find.