New Feature Marks Microsoft’s Continued Enhancement of MSN Small Business Service




Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement with iShip.com to provide the new Compare Shipping feature of the MSN
™
Small Business service on MSN.com. Compare Shipping will enable customers to compare vendors, options and prices quickly and easily to find the best shipping service to meet their needs.

“Microsoft is committed to making it easier for customers and small businesses to get things done online,”
said Laura Jennings, vice president of MSN.
“This agreement with iShip.com is a great example of how MSN is working with third parties to provide more useful tools for customers.”

“We’re very pleased to provide this valuable service to the millions of customers who use MSN.com,”
said Steve Teglovic, president and CEO of iShip.com.
“iShip.com’s Compare Shipping service will provide instant information on package shipping options and rates among major package carriers. Our relationship with MSN is the first step in a national launch of iShip.com online shipping.”

Based in Bellevue, Wash., iShip.com is developing the leading multicarrier package-shipping service. For the first time ever, shippers will be able to compare services and rates offered by leading package carriers and select the most cost-effective and efficient way to ship, track and manage information about packages – all at a single Web site. iShip.com has a long

track record of success in developing, deploying and supporting online shipping and tracking software in the package delivery industry. Before forming iShip.com in August 1997, the management team led the effort that created the most widely used shipping and tracking software application in the world, UPS Online Professional.

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e-mail functionality; personal communications services; customizable access to news; popular sites for travel, investing, automotive services, shopping and more; an online community; a Web search engine and directories; and top-rated Internet access.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

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