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With its investment in email and messaging software firm Commtouch Software, Microsoft is hedging its bets against Web offerings that could eat into its core software business.
Microsoft agrees to have Commtouch Software handle some of its Microsoft Network online services, including its Web-based email and instant messaging.
Web email service provider Commtouch Software now offers unified messaging, or the ability to check email, faxes, and voice mail messages from the Net. Users can also check their email messages by phone. Commtouch, which offers free email service, plans to charge for the unified messaging features, from $12.50 a month to $29.95 a year.
The software giant takes an equity stake in Commtouch Software, a provider of outsourced email and messaging services.
Commtouch Software plans to allow any Web site to offer its own free, self-branded email.
ChinaByte, a joint venture between Chinese government newspaper People's Daily and media giant News Corporation, will begin offering free Chinese-language email powered by CommTouch on its Web site. The service allows Chinese speakers to compose, send, and read email on ChinaByte.
Search site LookSmart has furthered its push into the portal space by adding free email, powered by CommTouch. The firm last month said it would up its status on Netscape Communications' Netcenter Search Page to bolster its brand recognition.
Yahooligans, Yahoo's Web site for users 7 to 12 years old, announced new features. They include news written for and by young people, sports information, and an email program offered in conjunction with CommTouch Software.