Microsoft Debuts Streaming Webcasts, Expands Finance News Content On MSN MoneyCentral

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 17, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced two new ways for consumers to keep abreast of market developments and breaking financial news on the MSN® MoneyCentral™
online personal finance service. The award-winning site now features live streaming webcasts of financial news powered by WebFN and daily news about the Internet economy from the Industry Standard.

In addition, Microsoft announced that MoneyCentral reached a milestone in November 2000, attracting a record 11 million unique visitors, an increase of nearly 100 percent from November 1999. The number of average daily page views rose to more than 11 million per weekday (source: Integrated Decision Support System).

“This record number is proof of our commitment to providing consumers with the best place to manage finances online,”
said Chris Jolley, lead product manager of MSN MoneyCentral at Microsoft.
“Today, we further build on the comprehensive tools and information available at MoneyCentral by offering consumers even more ways to get leading financial news.”

New features include the following:

  • Live video news. Now consumers can follow market developments from 8 a.m. to
    8 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, via live streamed video webcasts from WebFN. MoneyCentral users can access finance and business updates from WebFN’s 600 BridgeNews reporters in 100 newsrooms worldwide. As commentators discuss a stock via video, MoneyCentral allows consumers to see price quotes and charts relevant to the story at the same time.

  • New content. The Insight and Recent News areas include daily news and analysis about the Internet economy and technology trends from the Industry Standard.

About MSN MoneyCentral

MSN MoneyCentral, located at , is a complete online personal finance resource delivering leading financial tools and information. The award-winning site offers consumers the ability to complete a wide range of everyday financial tasks, such as paying bills, viewing account balances, tracking investments and staying informed on the latest financial news, in one convenient place online — any time, any place. MSN MoneyCentral enables people at all levels of experience to take control of and feel comfortable with their finances, helping them make smart financial decisions. Leading industry publications, including Barron’s, Forbes Magazine, Money Magazine, PC Magazine and PC World Magazine, consistently applaud MoneyCentral for its comprehensive, easy-to-use collection of online finance tools and resources.

About MSN

MSN gives consumers a new home on the Internet — a central place where they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time online. With more than 230 million visitors per month, the MSN integrated network of content and services is the most popular destination on the Internet. MSN is available in 33 markets and in 17 languages — a broader global presence than any other portal. MSN takes advantage of the Microsoft .NET platform to offer leading services, any time, any place and on any device, with the most integrated and personalized user experience for communications, search, shopping, personal finance and entertainment. MSN Internet Access and the recently introduced MSN Explorer offer quick, personal and exciting ways to get on to and take advantage of the Web. Best-of-breed services include the MSN Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, the world’s largest e-mail system; MSN Messenger Service, one of the fastest-growing instant messaging services on the Web; MSN Search; MSN Mobile, the customizable wireless information service; the award-winning MSN MoneyCentral online personal finance guide; MSN eShop, the one-stop online shopping resource; and MSN Custom Web Sites, the easy way to share information on the Web. MSN is located on the Web at .

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device.

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