Launched as The Microsoft Network in 1995, MSN became the company's public face and its first major consumer brand. Initially, it would be lilttle more than a dial-up internet provider launched to support Windows 95 and its shiny new web capabilities. Over time, it would evolve into a web portal covering the company's range of consumer-oriented online services and products. In 2005, MSN's major features - Hotmail and Messenger - were stolen away and used to create the Windows Live feature, but Microsoft's surprise announcement means the platform is coming full circle once more. Continue reading this press release here.
Microsoft has pledged to rebirth its Microsoft Network (MSN) brand, even as it prepares to bid a final farewell to instant messaging package MSN Messenger.