According to Alexa traffic rankings MSN.com has a global rank of 11 but in India it has been placed at 26th spot based on in bound web traffic. The site is ranked 13th in USA from where it receives almost 26 percent of its visitors.
The site finds itself at 8th place in Mexico, which is testament to its popularity in the North American nation. The head offices of the website are at USA.
The e commerce portal receives almost 4 percent of its web traffic from search engines.
284,897 sites have their link in the shopping based portal. The main utility of this Microsoft owned site is its shopping interface but it also offers scope for other operations like money and news, search, e-mail and chat.
The site offers sections such as Hotmail, MSN Explorer and MSN Messenger. The Hotmail service is provided for free. It was conceived during 1996 and MSN acquired it during 1997. It is presently included in the Windows Live group of services offered by Microsoft. The service is provided in 35 languages and 380 million users all over the world.
MSN Messenger is the instant messaging service of MSN and was incorporated in 1999. Its primary intention was to be a competitor of AOL Instant Messenger.