MSN to Deliver Top Computer News Sources to Members

REDMOND, Wash., April 7, 1997 — MSN
, The Microsoft Network, today announced relationships with several leading news sources that will supply members of MSN with daily computing news and information. All the new computing-related content will be located at Computing on MSN, the network’s personal technology site.

In separate agreements, Computing on MSN announced it will be the exclusive Internet home of “On Computers,” one of the nation’s top computer radio shows, and “Computalk” radio programs. Computing on MSN also introduced Personal View, a customizable news delivery system that provides members of MSN with daily news articles and information from CNET NEWS.COM, CMP Media’s TechWire, ZDNet News, The Cobb Group and PC World Online.

“There is so much information available on the Internet that it can be overwhelming to find the information you’re looking for,” said Laura Jennings, vice president of MSN. “These new relationships will make it easy for members of MSN to stay on top of the computer industry news that matters most to them.”

“On Computers”

MSN has renewed its relationship with “On Computers” with Gina Smith to be the show’s exclusive Internet site. “On Computers” has been a regular part of Computing on MSN since March 1996.

The “On Computers” online show presents audio, visual and interactive access to the “On Computers” radio broadcast, which airs live every Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Pacific time. In addition, the “On Computers” staff and contributing editors provide lively commentary throughout the week, including articles, product reviews and bulletin board Q & A. “On Computers” is available free on the Internet at ( ) (connect-time charges may apply).


Computing on MSN also announced that it signed an exclusive content arrangement with “Computalk” radio to feature online audio broadcasts of the radio shows as well as editorial content throughout the week. “Computalk” is a mainstream talk-radio show about the business, politics and personalities of the information age. “Computalk” airs daily from 9 a.m. to noon Pacific time; “Computalk Late Night” airs from 7 to 10 p.m. Pacific time. “Computalk” broadcasts are expected to appear on Computing on MSN in May.

Personal View

In addition to the radio programming, Computing on MSN announced Personal View, a customizable news delivery service that will debut April 15. Personal View will be located in “The Right Click,” Computing on MSN’s electronic computing magazine, and will provide members of MSN with a customizable collection of news articles, audio news broadcasts, and computing tips from leading computing news and information sources.

Each day, members of MSN will receive a custom-built news page made up of current articles from their choice of the following media sources:

  • CMP Media’s TechWire, an international technology news wire service that features news and features contributed by more than 300 technology journalists

  • CNET NEWS.COM, an Internet-based news source that delivers breaking news from the world of computing and technology, as well as live event coverage, in-depth analysis of industry issues and exclusive interviews with industry newsmakers

  • PC World Online and PC World News Radio, leading news sources from the world of personal computers and business units of IDG, one of the world’s leading IT media and research companies

  • ZDNet News, a new Internet-based news source that delivers cutting-edge technology news

  • The Cobb Group, a division of Ziff-Davis Inc. and a leading publisher of software-specific “how-to” newsletters.

Personal View will deliver a total of 16 computing news stories, an audio broadcast and a computing tip every weekday, making it one of the largest multisource, personalized computing news services on the Internet.

Computing on MSN is an Essentials service that spans computer industry technologies, products, companies, people and culture. It features strong online communities built around shared interests in computing topics, in-depth technical expertise and friendly support for new users.

MSN is the second-largest Internet online service in the United States, offering compelling services, entertainment and communications on the Internet. MSN also provides hundreds of special-interest bulletin boards and such high-quality services and Web shows as the Microsoft® Encarta® multimedia encyclopedia, the Expedia travel service, Star Trek: Continuum® , the Slate online magazine, the CarPoint online automotive service, the Microsoft Investor online investing service, and up-to-date news and information from MSNBC News. The MSN home page can be reached ( ) .

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