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Microsoft puts new spin on old designs

The software giant introduces a series of initiatives to breathe new life into its struggling Internet properties, including some surprises, such as its own version of the network computer.

 

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The software giant introduces a series of initiatives to breathe new life into its struggling Internet properties, including some surprises, such as its own version of the network computer. Also unexpected: Just as many Internet service providers cut or even eliminate monthly costs, Microsoft decides to raise its fee for MSN.

 


MSN to offer Net computer
See related story: Mapping MSN's changes With the introduction this week of MSN Web Companion, Microsoft puts its spin on the network computer concept of an appliance-like device for Web access.

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Microsoft to raise MSN's monthly fee
update In an unexpected move, Microsoft says it will raise rates for its MSN Internet Access service by $2 per month.

Microsoft moves to revive MSN
update The company introduces a series of initiatives to jump-start its stalled MSN Internet effort, including a revamp of its search and directory site and a Web portal targeting small businesses.

Microsoft president says tech stocks absurdly high
update The software company's president, Steve Ballmer, says technology stocks are overvalued, including the shares of his company.