WebTV Internet Service Renamed “MSN TV Service”

REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 2001 — The MSN® network of Internet services, the worlds leading consumer network with over 230 million unique users, today announced the renaming of WebTV® Internet Service to MSN TV service. This move furthers the MSN commitment to delivering premium online content and services any time, anywhere and on any device. This transition will accelerate the integration of outstanding MSN content and services such as the MSN Hotmail® service, the worlds largest Web-based e-mail service to users of the WebTV Classic, WebTV Plus, UltimateTV® service and Dishplayer devices, offering consumers more ways to access the Internet and make MSN their home on the Web.

“This rebranding of WebTV makes sense as the next step in a series of integration efforts designed to continue to provide consumers with popular MSN content and services across a variety of devices,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of MSN and the Personal Services Business Group at Microsoft Corp.
“MSN TV service users will experience greater integration and benefit from ongoing developments to the key MSN services that they are currently using.”

MSN TV service will continue to provide both WebTV Classic and WebTV Plus subscribers with integrated content and services from MSN such as MSN Messenger, the free instant messaging service with 36 million unique users; MSN eShop; the MSN MoneyCentral™
online personal finance service; and MSNBC News. MSN will continue the innovation and development of the MSN TV service with the ongoing addition of MSN services and content of which subscribers can take advantage.

About MSN

MSN is the worlds most popular destination on the Web, attracting more than 230 million visitors per month. Available in 33 markets and 17 languages, MSN provides consumers with their home on the Web where they can get everything they need from the Web and make the most of their time online. MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. MSN is located on the Web at http://www.msn.com/.

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.

Microsoft, MSN, WebTV, Hotmail, UltimateTV and MoneyCentral are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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