Broadband MSN gets blanket security
The company has partnered with Network Associates, the maker of McAfee antivirus and firewall products, to help Microsoft provide protection to subscribers to its broadband MSN Premium service, slated for launch this winter. Customers of the MSN Plus and MSN dial-up services will have to pay separately for the security software.
The bundle is part of a larger effort by Microsoft to entice customers to use high-speed broadband services. Microsoft and its Net rival America Online have been responding to declines in their mainstay dial-up subscriptions by recasting their services to become more focused on broadband.
Besides Internet access, MSN Premium is expected to include a digital photo editor, tight links between the Hotmail and Outlook e-mail applications, and enhanced spam-blocking.
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