MSN for Mac OS X Launch Boosts Mac Users’ Online Experience

REDMOND, Wash., May 15, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the broad availability of MSN®
services to users of Mac OS X with the premiere of MSN for Mac OS X, the first Internet subscription service from MSN built specifically for consumers using Mac OS X.

Users of Mac OS X in the United States can now boast a better Web experience, with top-requested features including a powerful junk e-mail filter with multiple layers of filtering; customizable parental controls that help parents protect their children from inappropriate online content and limit communication with strangers; and free, round-the-clock, Mac-specific customer support.

“The Macintosh Business Unit and MSN teams have worked closely to develop a custom version of MSN specifically designed for the unique needs and preferences of Mac consumers,”
said Lisa Gurry, group product manager of MSN at Microsoft.
“Take the thousands of research hours we’ve put into MSN 8, add the MacBU’s own research and expertise in developing cutting-edge online products and software for Mac OS X, layer that on top of powerful OS X technologies, and you’ll find MSN for Mac OS X makes the Web more useful.”

MSN for Mac OS X offers users access to the platform’s best consumer software services via MSN dial-up service or as a premium suite of software services they can use with their existing Internet service provider (ISP), whether dial-up or broadband.

“Our research shows that a significant number of Mac users are unhappy with their current ISP. They are clamoring for a better Internet experience, and we are excited to deliver what they’ve been waiting for with MSN for Mac OS X,”
said Roz Ho, general manager of the MacBU at Microsoft.
“For 20 years we’ve been delivering award-winning Mac products that complement and enhance the Mac. We’ve applied what we learned over the years to design MSN for Mac OS X to help users locate relevant and useful information on the Web, greatly reduce the amount of junk e-mail they receive, and make their online experience safe with the most-advanced parental controls of any Mac ISP — all wrapped in a familiar Mac look and feel.”

MSN for Mac OS X: Useful Internet Subscription Service for Users of Mac

MSN for Mac OS X gives users of Mac OS X — whether Internet novices or more-advanced enthusiasts — the tools they need to accomplish online tasks quickly and easily. In addition to features previously mentioned, MSN for Mac OS X includes the following:

  • Dashboard. This dynamic feature appears on the right side of the screen and offers convenient access to current information when the user is online. Because it is customizable, the dashboard lets users easily see and access what is important to them, such as instant messaging contacts, local news and weather, and stock tracking.

  • Roaming information. Users don’t need to be tied to their Mac to check their e-mail or calendar. With MSN for Mac OS X, users can access their account from any PC or Mac with an Internet connection.

  • Full-featured e-mail. MSN for Mac OS X saves users time and makes e-mail more convenient than ever with organizational features such as categorization, preview pane, multiple folders, spell check and offline e-mail.

  • MSN Messenger for Mac. MSN for Mac OS X’s Messenger application is seamlessly integrated with the browser, so people can send an instant message without opening a separate application. In addition, the new MSN Messenger allows users to archive instant-message conversations.

  • Valuable content. With MSN for Mac OS X, users can access easy-to-use financial tools from MSN Money and MSN Encarta®
    Plus. MSN Encarta Plus contains rich multimedia content, tools for project planning, and a thesaurus and dictionary for reference.

  • Speed. MSN for Mac OS X delivers outstanding browsing performance and features a new rendering engine for fast performance.

Today’s launch marks the availability of MSN for Mac OS X in the United States. The subscription, which includes up to nine e-mail addresses, is available through MSN Dial-Up Internet Access for $21.95 per month. Consumers who use another ISP, including broadband, can access the premier communications, browsing and online safety capabilities of MSN for Mac OS X through a separate Internet software subscription for $9.95 per month, or $79.95 for an annual subscription. Consumers can subscribe to MSN for Mac OS X by visiting or by calling (888) MSN-4MAC (676-4622).

About Microsoft Macintosh Business Unit

The Macintosh Business Unit at Microsoft is a leading developer of software and online products for the Macintosh platform. With the largest Mac-focused development team outside Apple Computer Inc., the MacBU comprises approximately 150 full-time Mac product experts. Committed to the Macintosh platform since 1997, the MacBU delivers award-winning products developed to meet the unique needs of Mac users. Current products include Microsoft Office v. X for Mac, a productivity suite that includes the e-mail application and personal information manager Entourage (TM) X, Word X, Excel X and PowerPoint®
X; Internet Explorer 5.2 for Mac; and MSN Messenger Service 3.5 for Mac and Virtual PC 6.0 for Mac. More information about the MacBU and Microsoft Macintosh products is available at

About MSN

MSN attracts more than 300 million unique users worldwide per month. With localized versions available globally in 34 markets and 18 languages, MSN is a world leader in delivering Web services to consumers and digital marketing solutions to businesses worldwide. MSN 8 is the first Internet software product to have earned the trusted Good Housekeeping Seal. The most useful and innovative online service today, MSN brings consumers everything they need from the Web to make the most of their time online. MSN is located on the Web at MSN worldwide sites are located 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.

Microsoft, MSN, Encarta, Entourage and PowerPoint are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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