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By James Coates and James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 29, 2004
I clip and save all your advice columns but haven't found a solution for my problem - getting sound to play after I upgraded my MSN 8 software to MSN 9. I did a quick restore and reinstalled my printer and scanner and reinstalled MSN 8, which had no problem, yet still no sound. I have tried everything a novice can do, checked all cable connections and speakers, and don't know what else to try. It's easier to point you to the fix than it is to explain why this problem vexes so many folks.
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | November 17, 2005
Nine years ago, a tiny startup began selling a simple set-top box designed to let Grandma and Grandpa surf the Web and check e-mail from their living room TV, without the angst of a real computer. WebTV never became a blockbuster, but it was simple to operate, and the service corraled a million subscribers before Microsoft bought the company in 1997. Truth be told, I'd forgotten all about it until Microsoft offered a peek at the latest version of the gadget and its specialized Internet service.
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By MIKE HIMOWITZ | November 17, 2005
Nine years ago, a tiny startup began selling a simple set-top box designed to let Grandma and Grandpa surf the Web and check e-mail from their living room TV, without the angst of a real computer. WebTV never became a blockbuster, but it was simple to operate, and the service corraled a million subscribers before Microsoft bought the company in 1997. Truth be told, I'd forgotten all about it until Microsoft offered a peek at the latest version of the gadget and its specialized Internet service.
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By New York Times News Service | September 26, 2005
The Microsoft Corp. will unveil today its system for selling Web advertising as it struggles to compete with Google and Yahoo in the Internet search business. The system, to be used by MSN, is meant to improve on those of Microsoft's rivals by enabling marketers to aim ads on Web search pages to users based on their sex, age or location. The move is part of Microsoft's broad response to the threat from Google, which is using its powerful advertising sales network to support an expanding range of free software products and Internet services.
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By Phillip Robinson and Phillip Robinson,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 9, 2003
In the late 1800s, the streets of major cities were sometimes knee-deep in horse ... er, droppings. More people meant more transport meant more horses meant more end product. The smell was an annoyance, the cleanup was a big expense, the flies were a serious health threat. Only the technological revolution of the automobile saved us. In the early 2000s, the homes of America face a similar threat, this time from another kind of, well, droppings: tens of millions of unwanted and unnecessary AOL and MSN CDs. Call it solid spam.
BUSINESS
By Stephen Manes and Stephen Manes,New York Times News Service | February 10, 1997
FRUSTRATED with America Online? Perhaps you would prefer a competitor whose installation plays a tune with the incisive lyric "Just too stupid to stop!"The Microsoft Network online service arrived with Windows 95, amid much blather about its supposedly simple interface. Times change. "MSN was probably the worst of the bunch in terms of ease of use," Laura Jennings, the service's vice president, admitted in October. "We had adopted the Windows 95 interface religiously."Now MSN has converted.
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By Edmund Sanders and Edmund Sanders,SPECIAL TO THE UN | October 29, 2001
Rivals America Online and Microsoft Corp. are unveiling upgraded versions of their online services amid a growing tug of war for Internet customers. AOL 7.0, released this month, includes a variety of mostly subtle changes to the No. 1-ranked Internet service provider, including an online radio, Web-based photo albums, enhancements to e-mail and instant-messaging and more localized content, such as weather, community news and neighborhood entertainment guides. MSN, the online service of Microsoft, has redesigned its Web site and offers new "Net Alerts," which begin by sending users real-time e-mails and instant messages about traffic conditions.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | November 11, 2004
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. plans to unveil a new Internet search engine today, stepping up a challenge to market leader Google Inc. The test version of the program took 18 months and more than 100 developers to create. A final version of the search service might not be released this year. An earlier test version shown in July was similar to Google, said John Tinker, an analyst at ThinkEquity Partners in New York. In the meantime, Google beat MSN to the market with a program for finding files on personal computers.
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By BLOOMBERG BUSINESS NEWS | January 30, 1996
WASHINGTON -- MCI Communications Corp., switching its Internet strategy, said yesterday that it will team up with Microsoft Corp. to jointly market and develop services for the burgeoning on-line industry. Financial terms of the agreement weren't disclosed.Washington-based MCI will promote Microsoft Network (MSN), the No. 4 U.S. on-line service, and sell Microsoft's Internet software through its SHL Systemhouse unit. In exchange, Microsoft will market MCI services, such as conferencing, and use MCI as an Internet access and telecommunications provider.
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By Mike Himowitz | December 20, 1999
If you haven't tried instant messaging on the Internet, it's great fun and not hard to do. The software is available free to download.The main problem is that with a few exceptions, users of one type of program can't chat directly with users of another. You can run two or three different IM programs, but that's confusing.Find out what most of your friends and family use and pick that one to start.AOL Instant Messenger: Although this was originally developed for use within America Online, AOL expanded it to allow users all over the Internet to chat with one another.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | November 11, 2004
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft Corp. plans to unveil a new Internet search engine today, stepping up a challenge to market leader Google Inc. The test version of the program took 18 months and more than 100 developers to create. A final version of the search service might not be released this year. An earlier test version shown in July was similar to Google, said John Tinker, an analyst at ThinkEquity Partners in New York. In the meantime, Google beat MSN to the market with a program for finding files on personal computers.
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By Craig Crossman and Craig Crossman,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | October 21, 2004
MSN TV 2 offers an improvement in inexpensive set-top access to WebOver the years, I've seen them come and go. I'm talking about those set-top boxes for your television that give you access to the Internet. While they met with varying degrees of success, most of them weren't a hit with consumers. The latest offering is made by Microsoft. The MSN TV 2 Internet and Media Player is a second-generation box that has learned from so many of the mistakes inherent in its predecessors. And while this still may not be TV Internet nirvana, I believe they are on the right path with this unit.
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By James Coates and James Coates,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | April 29, 2004
I clip and save all your advice columns but haven't found a solution for my problem - getting sound to play after I upgraded my MSN 8 software to MSN 9. I did a quick restore and reinstalled my printer and scanner and reinstalled MSN 8, which had no problem, yet still no sound. I have tried everything a novice can do, checked all cable connections and speakers, and don't know what else to try. It's easier to point you to the fix than it is to explain why this problem vexes so many folks.
BUSINESS
By BLOOMBERG NEWS | August 27, 2003
REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft Corp., whose MSN Internet service is losing money and customers, will sell subscriptions to use a new version of its software to bring in clients. The service, called MSN Premium, will cost $9.95 a month or $80 a year for a set of e-mail, security, calendar and digital-photo programs, said Lisa Gurry, MSN Group product manager. A version without some of the programs will cost less, she said. Sales are to begin between December and February. The new software doesn't come with any type of Internet access.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Phillip Robinson and Phillip Robinson,KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | January 9, 2003
In the late 1800s, the streets of major cities were sometimes knee-deep in horse ... er, droppings. More people meant more transport meant more horses meant more end product. The smell was an annoyance, the cleanup was a big expense, the flies were a serious health threat. Only the technological revolution of the automobile saved us. In the early 2000s, the homes of America face a similar threat, this time from another kind of, well, droppings: tens of millions of unwanted and unnecessary AOL and MSN CDs. Call it solid spam.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kevin Washington and Kevin Washington,SUN STAFF | October 17, 2002
Get ready for another flood of America Online CDs. The world's largest Internet service provider has upgraded its software this week to Version 8.0, the most extensive effort to change the look and content of AOL since Version 4.0 was released in the 1990s. Among the changes then was the ability to insert photographs in e-mails. Not to be outdone by the king of ISPs, Microsoft will introduce MSN 8.0 to its 9 million subscribers Oct. 24 with emphasis on similar themes. Microsoft's upgrade won't be nearly as sweeping as AOL's.
NEWS
By New York Times News Service | September 26, 2005
The Microsoft Corp. will unveil today its system for selling Web advertising as it struggles to compete with Google and Yahoo in the Internet search business. The system, to be used by MSN, is meant to improve on those of Microsoft's rivals by enabling marketers to aim ads on Web search pages to users based on their sex, age or location. The move is part of Microsoft's broad response to the threat from Google, which is using its powerful advertising sales network to support an expanding range of free software products and Internet services.
BUSINESS
By SEATTLE TIMES | November 12, 1999
SEATTLE -- Microsoft invested $100 million in Radio Shack's online business yesterday in a deal that will put the software giant's MSN Internet products in 7,000 Radio Shack stores.Microsoft beat out online rival America Online, which was also trying to land its service in Radio Shack outlets, owned by parent Tandy Corp.Microsoft will have a store-within-a-store at Radio Shacks, showcasing such Microsoft products as its MSN Internet access service, WebTV and hand-held computer devices that run on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zeiler and David Zeiler,SUN STAFF | November 26, 2001
For Apple, Microsoft Office v. X is the right software at the right time - a well-polished, critical Mac application designed to show off all the best features of Mac OS X when Apple needs to give Mac users good reasons to switch to the new operating system. This version runs only on Apple's fancy new operating system, Mac OS X 10.1. Functionally, it doesn't add much to the feature list of its previous incarnation, Office 2001 for Mac, released just a year ago. Instead, the team at Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit concentrated on rewriting the code so the program would fully integrate with, and take advantage of, all the features Mac OS X provides.
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By Edmund Sanders and Edmund Sanders,SPECIAL TO THE UN | October 29, 2001
Rivals America Online and Microsoft Corp. are unveiling upgraded versions of their online services amid a growing tug of war for Internet customers. AOL 7.0, released this month, includes a variety of mostly subtle changes to the No. 1-ranked Internet service provider, including an online radio, Web-based photo albums, enhancements to e-mail and instant-messaging and more localized content, such as weather, community news and neighborhood entertainment guides. MSN, the online service of Microsoft, has redesigned its Web site and offers new "Net Alerts," which begin by sending users real-time e-mails and instant messages about traffic conditions.
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