MSN Launches Free Personal Home Pages

REDMOND, Wash., June 30, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the availability of free* personal home pages on the MSN TM network of Internet services through an agreement with Talk City, a leading provider of online communities and interactive services for businesses and consumers. MSN Personal Home Pages, using home-page building technology from Talk City, provides consumers worldwide with up to 12 MB of Web storage space and a rich set of tools to quickly and easily create custom home pages. Consumers can create their own personal home page beginning today at .

“The addition of the MSN Personal Home Pages service demonstrates our commitment to the growing consumer need for online communication tools,”
said Rob Bennett, group product manager for the Consumer and Commerce Group at Microsoft.
“Personal home page popularity has skyrocketed in recent months, and by teaming up with community specialist Talk City, we’re enabling families and friends – even if continents apart – to instantly create and enjoy their own personal corner of the Web.”

MSN Personal Home Pages provides consumers with an easy-to-use outlet to express themselves online. With MSN Personal Home Pages, consumers can create their own Web destination for personal use with information about themselves, their family and friends, their hobbies, their vacations and other experiences. Consumers can also use their home page for professional use by including their resume and career interests. In as little as five minutes, consumers can create their own unique site through templates provided by MSN and Talk City. Or consumers can use HTML editing tools like the Microsoft® FrontPage® Web site creation and management tool to create more elaborate and unique personal Web pages, which they can upload to their home page quickly and easily.

“With this agreement, we’re bringing our acclaimed community services expertise to the more than 28 million consumers who visit MSN each month,”
said Peter Freidman, CEO of Talk City.
“By teaming up with MSN, we aim to offer consumers the most flexible personal home pages available, allowing them to communicate online more easily than anywhere else.”

About MSN

MSN is the network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people get stuff done on the Web. The network of MSN services, located on the Web at ( ), helps people easily stay in touch with friends and colleagues, make smart and secure purchasing decisions, and organize the Web around what’s important to them. MSN offers award-winning 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.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) 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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