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CNET News.com: MSN overhaul takes many cues from rival AOL

Aug 31, 2000, 13:33 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Hansen)

"The software giant is fine-tuning an overhaul of its MSN Internet service that imitates numerous features from archrival America Online. As previously reported, the company tomorrow will make available the second preview version of the service--dubbed MSN Explorer--that not only integrates all of Microsoft's online offerings under a single interface but also gives the entire World Wide Web a proprietary Microsoft feel."

"A release date for a commercial version of MSN Explorer has not been announced, although a company spokeswoman said tomorrow's preview likely will be the final beta version. ... MSN product manager Sarah Lefko... said Microsoft will begin offering broadband service through MSN via satellite and digital subscriber lines (DSL) by the end of the year."

"The MSN overhaul comes as the company embarks on a new, companywide Internet strategy, called Next Generation Windows Services, which is aimed at fending off Web-based rivals, applications, and upcoming operating systems like the Linux and Palm operating systems."

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