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    June 1, 2005

    Habeas Inc. announces MSN will use Habeas SafeList with the MSN and MSN Hotmail® service to help identify legitimate incoming e-mail and better protect customers from spam.

    May 26, 2005

    MSN announces new MSN Hotmail tools and services MSN Postmaster and Smart Network Data Services to expand industry collaboration to fight spam, as well as plans to introduce Sender ID alerts to help protect MSN Hotmail customers from online safety concerns such as “phishing” scams.

    MSN officially launches MSN China 欢迎莅临 MSN ä¸*ĺ›˝, delivering local content, products and services to Chinese consumers.

    May 23, 2005

    Bill Gates presents his vision of MSN Virtual Earth, a new component of the company’s search technologies, at the D Conference in Carlsbad, Calif. MSN Virtual Earth will provide a set of reference sources such as maps, aerial imagery, photos, consumer and business directories, and ratings and reviews. In addition, MSN Virtual Earth will allow the broader community of consumers and businesses to contribute their own location-specific information to create an always expanding, dynamic and relevant local search experience.

    May 18, 2005

    MSN and Mark Burnett Productions announce that MSN will be the official online home for Mark Burnett Productions’ upcoming reality series “Rock Star: INXS” in the United States.

    May 16, 2005

    The MSN network of Internet services launches the new MSN Search Toolbar with Windows® Desktop Search, a suite of tools that helps people rapidly search the Web or their PC and provides easy access to leading MSN services.

    May 11, 2005

    MSN acquires MessageCast Inc., a leading provider of automated alerting and messaging technology.

    MSN announces a joint venture with Shanghai Alliance Investment Ltd. (SAIL) to launch MSN China. Microsoft also unveils plans to acquire certain assets of TSSX and enter into exclusive arrangements with the company, a prominent Chinese mobile software and services company, to provide the foundation for delivering enhanced MSN Mobile products and services to the Chinese market and globally.

    May 9, 2005

    Pocket MSN, a new downloadable service for Microsoft® Windows Mobile™ 2003-based devices, at MSN, becomes available in more than 20 global markets. Pocket MSN is an integrated data service that brings Hotmail, MSN Messenger, My MSN and Maps & Directions to Windows 2003-based devices.

    April 28, 2005

    MSN has 200 million active Hotmail accounts, over 165 million active MSN Messenger accounts and over 400 million unique monthly users visiting the MSN portal. MSN has 3 million narrowband Internet access subscribers and approximately 9.1 million subscribers worldwide. There have been over 7 million MSN Spaces created since the beta was launched in December 2004.

    April 25, 2005

    MSN launches a new Spanish-language version of its popular MSN Video service.

    April 20, 2005

    Microsoft announces that effective July 1, Michael Rawding will take the position of corporate vice president of MSN Global Sales and Marketing, based in Redmond, Wash., and that Darren Huston will take the position as Microsoft corporate vice president of Microsoft Japan.

    April 7, 2005

    MSN announces the broad, global availability of MSN Messenger 7.0 and MSN Spaces. MSN Messenger 7.0 becomes available worldwide in 26 languages and introduces improved, one-click synchronized audio and video PC-to-PC video conversation powered by Logitech, voice, mobile messaging and personalization features. Since the MSN Spaces beta version was introduced in late 2004, more than 4.5 million Spaces have been created, making MSN Spaces one of the fastest-growing blogging services in the world. Globally, more than 155 million customers are using MSN Messenger service each month, and MSN recorded that customers were exchanging more than 2.5 billion instant messages (IMs) every day.

    MSN opens up new opportunities for advertisers in MSN Messenger and MSN Spaces. MSN announces the first U.S. advertising partner for MSN Spaces: Volvo Cars of North America LLC.

    March 30, 2005

    MSN launches MSN Video Downloads for download to Windows Mobile-based devices such as Portable Media Centers and select Smartphones and Pocket PCs.

    March 23, 2005

    Symantec Corp. and MSN announce the extension of their relationship, utilizing Symantec Brightmail with MSN Hotmail to help customers fight spam.

    March 16, 2005

    MSN unveils Microsoft’s next-generation online advertising platform, MSN adCenter, and demonstrates the platform’s first component, a new prototype of an MSN paid-search solution, at the sixth annual MSN Strategic Account Summit, a leading industry forum held on Microsoft’s main campus in Redmond.

    March 9, 2005

    MSN and Logitech announce an extension of their global relationship. Each month more than
    30 million of the MSN Messenger service’s 155 million unique customers use the current MSN Webcam feature, and MSN and Logitech have facilitated more than 3 billion webcam sessions since it was introduced in 2003.

    March 3, 2005

    MSN Music and MediaBay Inc. announce an exclusive alliance in the United States, which gives customers downloadable access to audiobooks that include classic dramas, mysteries, detective stories, comedies, Westerns, science fiction and adventure stories from the 1930s to the 1960s.

    Feb. 4, 2005

    MSN starts implementing Human Interactive Proofing (HIP) into the outgoing MSN Hotmail
    e-mail process to help fight spam. HIP tests whether the customer sending the e-mail is a human or a machine by requiring the user to retype a combination of letters and numbers that appears on the screen before that user can proceed.

    Feb. 1, 2005

    MSN announces the worldwide launch of the new MSN Search in 25 markets and 10 languages, the first search engine built from the ground up by Microsoft to help consumers more quickly search the Web and get precise answers.

    The new MSN Search is available in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Finland, France, India, Italy, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. MSN Search features vary from market to market.

    February 2005 As part of its ongoing commitment to child safety on the Internet, MSN participates in the Safer Internet Day throughout Europe, for the second year running. Safer Internet Day represents an effort by a global community of awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all its users, especially young people.

    Jan. 28, 2005

    MSN has 3.5 million narrowband Internet access subscribers; MSN has 9.3 million total subscribers worldwide. In addition, MSN reported over 380 million unique users, 190 million active MSN Hotmail accounts and 155 million active Messenger accounts worldwide.

    Jan. 20, 2005

    Microsoft announces availability of Microsoft Office Outlook® Live, a new subscription offering that brings together the power of Microsoft Office Outlook with MSN Hotmail in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada (English and French).

    Jan. 19, 2005

    MSN Music and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings announce an alliance that will make nearly 35,000 tracks of historic songs available online for the first time, allowing music fans to discover a diverse world of music and sound.

    Jan. 4, 2005

    MSN launches MSN Health & Fitness (MSN Health & Fitness - Home), a comprehensive online destination for people looking to improve their well-being with up-to-date and easily accessible information.

    Dec. 13, 2004

    MSN introduces a beta version of its new MSN Toolbar Suite, with breakthrough desktop search functionality that helps consumers quickly find virtually any type of document, media file or
    e-mail message on their Windows-based personal computer.

    Dec. 1, 2004

    MSN announces the beta availability of MSN Spaces, a new Web logging (blogging) service that enables consumers to create their own personal place on the Web, as well as a beta version of MSN Messenger 7.0, updates to MSN Hotmail, and deeper integration between the services to enable more compelling communications experiences for consumers.

    Nov. 18, 2004

    MSN Web Messenger becomes available in 25 global markets. MSN introduces local domains in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. MSN announces the completion of the 250MB storage upgrade of MSN Hotmail in nine global markets: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United States and the United Kingdom. Customers will have the ability to obtain 250 MB of free storage with a new Hotmail account and send 10MB attachments.

    Nov. 11, 2004

    MSN debuts a beta version of its new MSN Search service in the United States at Live Search, and worldwide in 26 markets and 11 languages from local MSN Web sites. The new MSN Search allows consumers to quickly receive relevant answers from a universe of more than 5 billion Web documents.

    Nov. 9, 2004

    American Express and MSN announce an agreement to deliver free music downloads through the MSN Music service to American Express consumer Cardmembers residing in the United States.

    Nov. 5, 2004

    Microsoft announces the launch of a movie channel for MSN Direct, slated to go live Nov. 8. 2004.

    Oct. 22, 2004

    MSN has 3.8 million Internet access subscribers and 9.1 million total subscribers worldwide. In addition, MSN reported over 350 million unique users, 187 million active Hotmail accounts and more than 145 million active Messenger accounts worldwide.

    Oct. 12, 2004

    MSN announces the first official U.S. release of MSN Music. Microsoft also announces that MSN Music will be available in eight additional countries, creating the world’s largest network of legal online music download services.

    Oct. 5, 2004

    MSN TV (MSN TV: Home Page) announces the debut of the new MSN TV 2 Internet & Media Player. MSN TV 2 is the only product that brings premium MSN content, PC-stored digital media and e-mail to TV for a truly integrated Internet and media experience.

    Sept. 23, 2004

    Jane Boulware joins the executive team of MSN as corporate vice president of global marketing.

    Sept. 16, 2004

    MSN Music and the Monterey Jazz Festival team up to offer new and archival recordings not available anywhere else — online or offline — of live performances by some of jazz’s biggest names.

    Sept. 1, 2004

    MSN launches a preview release of its MSN Music service in the United States. The new service delivers a vast selection of music with more than 1 million tracks licensed, from new releases to rare classical compositions, from major labels including EMI Music North America, Sony BMG Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group as well as more than 3,000 independent labels.

    Aug. 19, 2004

    The MSN alliance between MSN and contributes to a 265 percent increase in site visitors to on MSN, according to Nielsen//NetRatings. During July 2004, the newly relaunched on MSN was the fastest-growing sports Web site in the United States, with more than 9.4 million unique users.

    Aug. 12, 2004

    MSN announces three new arrangements with industry leaders Blockbuster Inc., CinemaNow Inc. and Inc. that will enable U.S. consumers to rent DVDs, download movies and buy tickets online at the MSN Movies site, MSN Movies: Movie Listings, Showtimes, Movie Reviews, Trailers, Movie Clips, DVD and More, with a single click of the mouse.

    Aug. 5, 2004

    MSN and Verizon Wireless announce that MSN Mobile is now available to Verizon Wireless customers with select Get It Now-enabled phones.

    July 27, 2004 starts testing the MSNBC Newsbot, a new way to give consumers personalized online news from more than 4,800 sources powered by the latest MSN search technology.

    July 22, 2004

    MSN has 4.3 million Internet access subscribers and 8.8 million total subscribers worldwide. MSN has 350 million unique users, 187 million active Hotmail accounts and 135 million active Messenger accounts worldwide.

    July 16, 2004

    MSN acquires Lookout Software LLC, bringing additional technology and expertise to future search efforts by MSN. Lookout offers the critically acclaimed Lookout personal search tool for the Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 messaging and collaboration client, which provides fast searching for e-mail, files and desktop data within Outlook.

    July 15, 2004

    Microsoft, America Online Inc. and Yahoo! Inc. announce an unprecedented collaborative effort to enable industry-first connectivity between Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 and the largest public instant messaging (IM) networks in the world: AOL, MSN and Yahoo!.

    July 7, 2004

    MSN launches MSN Turkey (MSN Turkiye), the newest MSN portal, making it the 39th market and 20th language in which MSN is available.

    June 30, 2004

    As part of a $100 million investment in improving the customer experience, MSN launches a range of new and updated services for its MSN Search service, including a new MSN Search home page (Live Search) that features easy navigation to popular MSN services; a new, cleaner look for its search results page that separates algorithmic results from paid results links and eliminates paid inclusion; direct access to popular information sources such as Microsoft Encarta®, the No. 1 best-selling encyclopedia brand; and extensive performance improvements.

    June 24, 2004

    MSN Hotmail announces that starting in July it would roll out free e-mail anti-virus protection (to scan and clean incoming and outgoing e-mail for viruses and worms) to all 170 million MSN Hotmail customers worldwide. MSN also announces it will bring increased storage (250MB inboxes), the ability to send attachments up to 10 MB and MSN Calendar for free to MSN Hotmail customers in multiple markets and will introduce MSN Hotmail Plus.

    June 18, 2004

    MSN announces a new advertising program in the United States called MSN Creative Connection.

    June 9, 2004

    MSN Canada and Bell Canada’s ISP, Sympatico, announce the launch of a co-branded portal, They also announce that Sympatico Internet Access subscribers will receive MSN Premium as part of their subscription.

    May 7, 2004

    MSN and announce a new partnership that will provide customers with exclusive editorial content, innovative customization and exclusive online video. The new alliance makes the primary sports content destination on the MSN network.

    May 5, 2004

    MSN Messenger for Mac Version 4.0 becomes available for download for Mac users in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain and Sweden.

    MSN announces support of IronPort Systems’ and TRUSTe’s Bonded Sender e-mail accreditation program to help enhance e-mail filtering to better protect MSN and MSN Hotmail customers from spam and help ensure that legitimate e-mail gets through.

    April 23, 2004

    MSN Messenger announces the availability of MSN Instant Games Clubhouse, a subscription, interactive gaming service for MSN Messenger in the United States, as well as the forthcoming release of MSN Messenger 6.2, the next version of MSN Messenger, which boasts more than 120 million users each month.

    April 22, 2004

    MSN reports more than 350 million unique users per month, over 170 million active Hotmail accounts, and more than 120 million customers that log into the MSN Messenger instant messaging service each month, as well as 8.2 million MSN subscribers.

    March 25, 2004

    A study unveiled at the fifth annual MSN Strategic Account Summit concludes that online advertising can produce significant increases in product branding and offline sales. In findings released based on studies conducted between November 2003 and January 2004 of consumer-packaged goods brands, results recommend levels of online spending that are dramatically higher than the average. Researchers determined that online advertising generated lifts in sales ranging from 7 percent to 12.5 percent.

    March 23, 2004

    MSN and QUALCOMM Inc. announce MSN Mobile services enabled with QUALCOMM’s BREW solution. MSN Mobile services for the BREW solution will enable consumers to access MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger services in a rich and familiar way via select mobile handsets.

    March 22, 2004

    MSN and MLB Advanced Media (The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Homepage) announce a wide-ranging multiyear deal that offers Major League Baseball fans a range of options for following their favorite team online in the United States.

    Feb. 24, 2004

    Openwave Systems Inc. and MSN announce an agreement to bring MSN Mobile services to mobile operators and handset vendors worldwide. The companies announce they have built and are including MSN Mobile software in the Openwave Phone Suite V7 phone software platform.

    Feb. 16, 2004

    A special online marketing campaign conceived and developed by MSN allows Visa Extras, a customer rewards program from Visa USA, to reach out to small businesses via a branded Web site for owners of small companies. The site, located at We're sorry, the page you requested no longer exists, debuts in the United States.

    Jan. 26, 2004

    MSN launches a beta version of the new MSN Toolbar in the United States. With the new MSN Toolbar, people will have access to the most popular MSN services, including more convenient access to MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, My MSN and, as well as the Web via MSN Search. The MSN Toolbar offers features that include a customizable Pop-Up Blocker and the new Highlight Viewer tool.

    Jan. 8, 2004

    MSN and Network Associates Inc. announce the broad availability of McAfee Security’s anti-virus and personal firewall services as part of MSN Premium subscription service for broadband users in the United States.

    MSN announces that subscribers who receive high-speed Internet access via Qwest Communications International Inc. will receive MSN Premium as part of their subscription.

    Verizon Online and MSN team up to offer MSN Premium to Verizon Online’s DSL customers at no additional charge.

    Dec. 16, 2003

    MSN announces the availability of MSN Encarta Premium as a stand-alone Web service or as a feature of the upcoming MSN Premium.

    Dec. 3, 2003

    MSN announces new customer milestones for MSN communications services with more than 145 million customers worldwide visiting MSN Hotmail and 110 million customers worldwide logging on to the MSN Messenger instant messaging service each month. MSN also announces a new version of MSN Hotmail including improvements for reporting and managing junk e-mail, contact lists and schedules. These changes include a more consumer-friendly, Outlook-like interface, more integration for customers of MSN Messenger, and a new Today page and new contact-management features.

    Dec. 1, 2003

    MSN announces that in November 2003, MSN Shopping saw a 50 percent increase in consumer spending and site traffic compared with the same period last year. MSN also announces that MSN Shopping increased its U.S. advertising merchant base by 30 percent in 2003.

    Nov. 17, 2003

    MSN announces SmartScreen™ Technology for spam filtering, to be made available across
    e-mail platforms for customers using the latest versions of MSN and MSN Hotmail, as well as Outlook and Exchange.

    Nov. 2, 2003

    MSN debuts an innovative, custom online marketing program for American Honda Motor Co. for the online launch of the 2004 Honda Accord. The campaign includes extensive use of video and consumer participation to capture the attention of the millions of consumers who frequent MSN.

    Oct. 17, 2003

    MSN announces a partnership with Network Associates Technology Inc. to provide McAfee VirusScan and McAfee Personal Firewall Plus to subscribers of MSN Premium, available in early 2004.

    Oct. 14, 2003

    MSN debuts the beta version of MSN Video — a free, ad-revenue supported, streaming video service available to everyone on the MSN network. As part of the service MSN will offer free access to high-resolution, on-demand news, sports, entertainment and other video, including programming from NBC News and that isn’t available anywhere else on the Web.

    Sept. 24, 2003

    Nielsen//NetRatings announces that CNBC on MSN Money has attracted the largest audience among financial news and information Web sites for the past six months, underscoring the ability of MSN to drive traffic to its partner content.

    Aug. 27, 2003

    MSN announces beta availability of MSN Premium and MSN Plus. Both subscription services will be available in winter 2003.

    July 30, 2003

    MSN launches the HighSpeed Marketplace, a broadband Internet access marketplace that provides information about plans and pricing from multiple high-speed providers within the United States including BellSouth Corp., Charter Communications, Comcast Corp., DIRECWAY, Mediacom Communications Corp., Qwest, Sprint and Verizon Online.

    July 27, 2003

    The number of unique worldwide users visiting the MSN network reaches 350 million, a 17 percent increase over the previous year.

    July 16, 2003

    MSN launches MSN Messenger 6, which allows consumers to create their own online identities through customized display pictures, backgrounds and emoticons. Consumers also can now compete in live online games, send photos to friends and share animated emoticons.

    June 4, 2003

    MSN releases improvements to MSN 8, including improved spam- and virus-filtering software, easier access to parental controls, and customization options for the on-screen dashboard.

    May 23, 2003

    Microsoft redesigns the CNBC on MSN Money personal finance service with an expanded collection of tools and resources to help consumers review, understand and improve their finances. According to Nielsen//NetRatings, CNBC on MSN Money attracted the largest audience among financial news and information Web sites in March and April 2003, surpassing Yahoo! Finance and AOL Personal Finance.

    May 14, 2003

    MSN doubles worldwide availability of its MSN Hotmail Extra Storage Internet subscription service to 25 markets. MSN Extra Storage allows subscribers to store five times more e-mail on MSN Hotmail and 10 times more photos and files on MSN Groups.

    May 13, 2003

    MSN and Verizon debut the co-branded Verizon Online DSL with MSN 8 service. This relationship combines the speed of a DSL connection from Verizon with the latest Internet software from MSN, giving customers a more useful online experience.

    May 12, 2003

    MSN Messenger Service reaches a record high of 100 million active users per month worldwide. MSN Messenger is also rated the No. 1 instant messaging (IM) service in 11 countries, according to independent third-party rating organizations.

    May 9, 2003

    Microsoft and Gateway Inc. join forces to offer MSN 8 Internet Software and MSN 8 dial-up access preloaded on all Gateway consumer PCs in the United States. The relationship between the two companies makes Gateway the first computer manufacturer to offer both MSN 8 Internet Software, which can be used with any Internet service, and MSN 8 dial-up Internet access.

    Jan. 9, 2003

    Microsoft and Good Housekeeping magazine announce that MSN 8 Internet software is now backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal. The announcement marks the first time an Internet software product has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal.

    Dec. 26, 2002

    MSN Shopping rings up a record $10.7 billion (U.S.) in the fourth quarter and is rated the No. 1 shopping portal site according to Nielsen//NetRatings.

    Dec. 3, 2002

    Microsoft announces an alliance with Unicast Communications Corp., a leading provider of online advertising solutions, and support for Unicast’s Online Format Suite on MSN.

    Oct. 24, 2002

    MSN launches MSN 8, the most innovative version of MSN, which delivers a comprehensive and useful set of software services through advanced communication tools, powerful browsing tools and innovative software, and enhanced online safety tools.

    Oct. 14, 2002

    Microsoft launches a $300 million U.S. marketing campaign for MSN 8, the biggest marketing campaign undertaken by MSN. In addition, MSN announces its total monthly subscriptions have reached 9 million.

    Sept. 22, 2002

    MSN announces its alliance with Eyeblaster Inc. and PointRoll Inc., two leading developers and distributors of rich media advertisements. Advertisers now can place media ads with moving and expanding images, full-page overlays, and interstitial windows or other features across the 12 most popular channels on MSN, including CNBC on MSN Money, MSNBC and the MSN Autos online automotive service.

    Sept. 18, 2002

    MSN and Brightmail Inc. form a strategic alliance to significantly reduce the amount of spam for the 110 million users of MSN Hotmail worldwide.

    Sept. 4, 2002

    A PricewaterhouseCoopers audit confirms that more than 300 million unique users worldwide visit MSN. MSN Messenger also reaches a milestone with more than 75 million users worldwide.

    Aug. 22, 2002

    Microsoft announces the release of MSN for Mac OS X, the first Internet subscription service for MSN built specifically for Mac users. The service, to be available in early 2003, will offer communications services, advanced browsing features, free Mac-specific customer support and enhanced online safety features.

    July 16, 2002

    Microsoft unveils MSN 8, a new version of MSN that offers enhanced online safety features, valuable communication services, and advanced browsing and productivity software. The new version will be included in the MSN Internet Access broadband and narrowband subscriptions and will be available in the United States as a separate subscription to consumers who use other ISPs in October 2002.

    June 19, 2002

    MSN and Verizon Communications announce plans to deliver co-branded high-speed Internet service in Verizon’s 31-state service area, reaching nearly 34 million customers. This makes MSN the preferred online service to more households in the United States, via a DSL connection, than any other online service.

    June 2002MSN announces its first sponsorship of the 49th Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. As exclusive sponsor of the Cyber Lions awards, MSN honors creative excellence and champions the power of online media.

    May 23, 2002

    Verizon Wireless and Microsoft announce a groundbreaking strategic alliance to deliver co-developed and jointly marketed wireless data services featuring MSN services and content, Windows Powered devices, and enterprise solutions to consumers in the United States.

    February 2002

    MSN Hotmail Extra Storage is introduced for the first time internationally, in Canada, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.

    The Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Olympic Winter Games of 2002 (SLOC), NBC, and MSN launch the official Olympics Web site, the largest event site in sports history, to coincide with the lighting of the Olympic Torch in Olympia, Greece.

    December 2001

    Taking a big step into subscription services, MSN introduces MSN Hotmail Extra Storage in the United States, which offers consumers 10 MB of MSN Hotmail storage space, 30 MB of MSN Groups storage space, the ability to send and receive attachments of up to 1.5 MB, and exemption from the 30-day sign-in policy, all for $19.95 per year.

    Oct. 15, 2001

    MSN unveils MSN 7, which delivers the best online experience for anyone on the Web. Separately, MSN and LINKdotNET launch MSN Arabia as the 34th MSN market. It serves consumers in nine key areas: Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

    Sept. 20, 2001

    MSN and Charter Communications Inc. sign an agreement to offer MSN content and services to Charter’s Pipeline and high-speed customers.

    Sept. 6, 2001

    MSN and, the world’s leading sports site, team up to provide access to ESPN’s online sports content through MSN.

    Aug. 23, 2001

    MSN announces that MIGway will be the first company worldwide to distribute MSN Mobile services such as MSN Hotmail and MSN Messenger via two-way short message service (SMS) across Europe.

    Aug. 9, 2001

    MSN launches the MSN Advantage Marketing Program, a formalized worldwide program for its digital marketing offerings focused on delivering comprehensive products, technology and services that provide better results for brand and direct-response marketers.

    Aug. 6, 2001

    MSN UK unveils the world’s first Internet bench in the Abbey Gardens of Bury St Edmunds, the birthplace of the Magna Carta. Users simply plug their laptop into the modem sockets on the inside of the bench arms, power up and start sending e-mail, shopping online or surfing the Web.

    July 26, 2001

    MSN attracts more than 250 million users a month worldwide and is the No. 1 destination in 11 markets, including the United Kingdom, Mexico and Canada. In addition, MSN Internet Access subscribers in the United States now total more than 6.5 million.

    June 21, 2001

    T1msn, the No. 1 portal in Mexico and a joint venture of Telmex and Microsoft, acquires Yupi Internet Inc., expanding its leadership to the U.S. Hispanic market and throughout Latin America by delivering YupiMSN to Spanish-speaking Internet users.

    May 29, 2001

    In the wake of America Online Inc.’s rate increase, MSN launches its first $50 million “switcher” campaign to persuade consumers in the United States to drop their AOL service and sign up for MSN Internet Access.

    May 14, 2001

    The number of active users of MSN Hotmail, the most popular free Web-based e-mail service, surpasses 100 million worldwide.

    April 26, 2001

    Microsoft and Qwest Communications International Inc. team up to deliver MSN broadband services, making MSN Broadband available in 33 markets and accelerating deployment of DSL service in the United States.

    April 11, 2001

    MSN Internet Access subscriptions reach the 5 million-subscriber milestone.

    April 4, 2001

    MSN launches MSN Music U.S., which delivers a free, easy way for music consumers to search for, listen to and discover music they like.

    March 16, 2001

    MSN Messenger becomes the single most-used, free instant messaging service in the world with 29.5 million active users worldwide as measured by Media Metrix Inc.

    Jan. 4, 2001

    MSN reaches more than 4 million MSN Internet Access subscribers in the United States and 230 million unique visitors worldwide every month.

    December 2000

    Over 10.8 million fans worldwide watch the exclusive MSN webcast of Madonna’s first online performance and her first live performance in over seven years at the Brixton Academy in London. In addition to breaking its own record of largest webcast ever, MSN also wins the Best Web Event of the Year award at the Net Sounds Conference in London.

    Oct. 25, 2000

    MSN Explorer launches, combining the best of MSN content and services with the best of Microsoft Internet software to form a single integrated experience that helps consumers get more from the Web.

    MSN launches the biggest worldwide consumer campaign undertaken by Microsoft to promote awareness of MSN as a global brand.

    July 17, 2000

    MSN becomes the No. 1 Web destination worldwide with 201 million unique users. The number of MSN Internet Access subscribers in the United States reaches 3 million. MSN becomes the first major Web site to offer consumers instant voice messaging from PC to PC.

    April 2000

    MSN Hotmail is featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest free Web-based e-mail service provider, with more than 67 million active users.

    MSN Internet Access reaches the 2.5 million dial-up subscriber mark in the United States.

    March 2000

    MSN launches its first Hebrew site, MSN Israel.

    Feb. 14, 2000

    Microsoft introduces the now-trademarked Butterfly logo with a large consumer advertising campaign to support the recharged MSN and demonstrate its unique vision of The Everyday Web.

    January 2000

    MSN launches across six countries in Asia — Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and India — making it available in 33 markets and 17 languages, a broader global presence than any other online portal.

    December 1999

    MSN hosts what becomes the biggest webcast music concert in history at the time, as Sir Paul McCartney makes a historic return to the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

    MSN Hotmail is launched in Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese and Italian, increasing the number of languages in which it is available to seven. MSN Messenger Service launches in 24 new languages, for a total of 26.

    Nov. 22, 1999

    MSN introduces eShop, a service that helps consumers find, compare and purchase a broad range of items online.

    October 1999

    Telmex and Microsoft join to create T1msn, which becomes the leading Spanish-language Internet portal in Mexico.

    July 22, 1999

    MSN introduces MSN Messenger Service, which reaches more than 700,000 people in its first six days of availability.

    Oct. 1, 1998

    The MSN portal becomes available to consumers in 22 markets worldwide after adding Austria, Belgium (French and Dutch), Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Latin America, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (French and German) and South Africa.

    Summer 1998

    NineMSN is created in Australia as a joint venture with Channel Nine.

    March 1998

    MSN launches the first local-language European MSN sites in the United Kingdom, France and Germany. MSN UK launches MSN Street, Europe’s first wired street, in London.

    Dec. 31, 1997

    Microsoft purchases the Hotmail Web-based e-mail service, with its 8 million users, and integrates it into MSN integrates Passport services, which offer single sign-in services to participating Web sites.

    June 15, 1996

    MSNBC, a joint venture between NBC and Microsoft Corp., launches its 24-hour news and information television channel along with its interactive online news service distributed on MSN in the United States.

    March 25, 1996

    MSN reaches the 1 million dial-up subscriber mark in the United States.

    Aug. 24, 1995

    The MSN network of Internet services debuts in the United States.

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    this is really interesting seeing the histoty behind MSN which we use everyday!!

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    Yes it is interesting and welcome to DT WEN =)

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