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TechWeb/Reuters: Microsoft Bulks Up Browser For Multimedia

Sep 02, 2000, 16:21 (3 Talkback[s])

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"Microsoft Corp. has taken an opening shot at Internet rival America Online, Inc. by prepping an improved version of a new Web browser that blends in video and music capability and content from its MSN Internet service. ... The software is the first of a series of steps Microsoft is taking this fall to beef up every aspect of MSN..."

"Among the key improvements in MSN Explorer is the ability to customize functions. For example, a user who doesn't care for sports news can replace that icon with one that links to an entertainment page... Web novices will also find the browser easier to use. For example, if a user tries to type an e-mail address in the Web browser instead of opening an e-mail program, the browser will realize that the user is trying to write a message and will launch the e-mail program for them."

"The software also softens the utilitarian feel of Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser by using pastel colors and cartoonish icons. It also boasts a built-in media player so users can continue to surf the Web or work online while watching a news clip or listening to a song."

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