MSN Dial-up is an Internet service provider operated by Microsoft in the United States and later in many other countries. This application, originally called The Microsoft Network, was launched as a proprietary online service that coincides with the release of Windows 95 on August 24, 1995 . 1996 and 1997, the Internet service provider 's again a revised version of the Internet in an interactive multimedia web-based review ( Multimedia ) was an early experiment in content. Later in 2007 Microsoft also introduced Wi-Fi Finder service called WiFi Hotspot . Microsoft renamed the MSN Internet Access service in 1998 and focused the ' MSN ' brand on its web portal with the same name ( Today, the company still provides dial-up Internet access under 'MSN Dial-Up' for users who are unable to access high-speed broadband. MSN was the second largest dial-up internet service provider in the US behind long-standing AOL , but few in the US still rely on the dial-up network. MSN, Dial-Up Connection Service, as well as , Firewalland e-mail account to a subscriber @ for use with security software such as anti-virus programs. It also offers these extra features as a standalone subscription service for broadband Internet access users named 'MSN Premium'. Microsoft Network: The MSN concept was created by Microsoft's Advanced Technology Group under the chairmanship of Nathan Myhrvold. MSN is originally considered a subscription-based dial-up online service and a custom content provider, such as America Online ( AOL ) or CompuServe . The 1.0 version of the service, officially known as 'Microsoft Network' , was launched on August 24, 1995 along with Windows 95 . The Microsoft Network was originally introduced through an artificial folder-like graphical user interface integrated into the Windows Explorer file management program . The categories on MSN appeared as folders on the file system. The interface was designed by Clement Mok and used high color graphics.MSN was included in Windows 95 installations and introduced via Windows and other Microsoft software available at the time. Product support and discussion, news and weather, basic e-mail features, chat rooms and message boards similar to news groups, such as MSN service was presented. He also suggested Internet access via Internet Explorer . The media discussed whether MSN would be an 'Internet killer' and some companies hedged their bets in the first year, preparing content on both MSN and the World Wide Web. However, MSN launched too late to be a real threat to the web. Bill Gates re-focusing Microsoft on the InternetFollowing the Internet Tidal Wave rating, MSN began to move its content to the internet and promote itself more actively as an Internet service provider. After the release of MSN 2.0 in 1996, Microsoft renamed its original proprietary online service to 'MSN Classic'. Microsoft eventually closed all access to MSN Classic service in 1998. MSN 2.0 : In 1996, in response to the growing relevance and rapid growth of the World Wide Web, Microsoft created a new Internet version called 'MSN 2.0' and combined Internet access with web-based multimedia content as a new program. 'MSN Program Viewer' was named. The service was promoted to existing MSN subscribers from 10 October 1996; December 10, 1996 was published in general. Microsoft was promoted to MSN 2.0 with a series of advertisements and promotional materials describing the service, using "Every new universe begins with a big explosion". In the fall of 1996, the company submitted the first version of the new MSN 2.0 service on a CD-ROM that MSN sent to its subscribers. When installed, the CD-ROM has opened an interactive video called 'MSN Preview', which is ambitious and flashy. This is a basic experience that introduces current and potential subscribers to the new version of MSN and describes the features of MSN 2.0 software. MSN Preview was filmed at the Paramount Theater in Seattle and formatted as a tour guided by a fake premiere event for the new MSN. He welcomed audiences outside of the theater and then allowed them to meet with several characters throughout the theater. Each was hosted by a witty and sarcastic character called "Michael", representing one of MSN 2.0's "On-Stage" channels. Alan was the main platform for interactive multimedia content in MSN 2.0. After installation, members have access to MSN content via the MSN Program Viewer, an animated, stylized and streamlined interface on the top of the Internet Explorer 3.0 web browser. When members logged in, there would be several different 'Channels' with categories for the various types of content found on MSN. These channels include new services launched in 1996; MSNBC, which is now known as, started as a partnership between Microsoft and NBC . and Slate is an online journal focusing on politics and current events. Both websites can be used by all Internet users and are now available, but are no longer owned by Microsoft. Also shortly after the release of MSN 2.0, Microsoft's popular Internet Play Area, which turned into MSN Games , was also integrated. Interactive multimedia content was presented in a TV-like format called MSN shows as part of the 'Stage' section. Many shows and sites included an interactive online nighttime show called 'Netwits', a website, and a regular celebrity interview and web surfing session called 'One Click Away'. These new destinations, like 'Basic Information' in MSN, have been stamped with other Microsoft web-based services such as CarPoint and Expedia. An additional 'Contact' section was created around email, chat rooms ( marked as MSN Chat and moved to standard IRC protocol) and newsgroups ( moved from Usenet to a custom architecture ); A 'Find' section was reserved to search the MSN content and the rest of the Internet; It also provided the calendar of upcoming events and new shows on MSN. The new content extensively used multimedia and interactive features including early applications for VBScript and Macromedia Shockwave Flash (originally called 'FutureSplash') for animations. While the MSN shows approach was unique and innovative, the content was not easily accessible by members with low-definition computers and slow dial-up connections. High-speed internet access was not common at that time, and some users subscribed to monthly dial-up networking plans, limiting the number of hours allowed to access the service. MSN 2.0 software also appeared unstable and often unexpectedly. MSN 2.5: After abandoning the interactive multimedia format in 1997, MSN was refocusing its service, this time a more traditional Internet access service. With the release of MSN 2.5 (called 'Metro' and sometimes referred to as 'MSN Premier' in marketing materials) in 1997, some proprietary MSN-branded content was still available through the MSN Program Viewer, but service was primarily driven by members. The e-mail service for MSN members starting with MSN 2.5 was taken from a proprietary Microsoft Exchange Server environment that redirected e-mails to both the standard POP3 and SMTP protocols for both MSN Classic and MSN 2.0 . Outlook Express with the introduction of Internet Explorer 4.0Microsoft's own Internet Mail and News, including any Internet e-mail program can be accessed. MSN also launched "Friends Online," which allows members of .NET Messenger Service to pioneer members, allowing members to add each other as friends, view their online status, and send instant messages. 'MSN Quick Launch', an icon in the Windows notification area that accompanies MSN 2.5 to MSN Program Viewer. Like MSN Program Viewer in MSN 2.0, menu members in MSN Quick Launch can be updated dynamically to redirect to updated MSN content and services. MSN 2.6 and 5.0 With the release of MSN 2.6 in 1998, Microsoft renamed the 'MSN Internet Access' service and MSN Program Viewer was completely left in favor of Internet Explorer . Another new version of MSN Internet Access 5.0 was released in 1999 with Internet Explorer 5.0. MSN 5.0 was the same as MSN 2.6, as well as offering a newer version of the browser. Microsoft also restarted the Microsoft Internet Start web portal in 1998 as and began focusing on providing services to users of other Internet service providers under the 'MSN' brand. Hotmail (acquired by Microsoft in December 1997) and MSN Messenger Service for instant messaging were launched in 1999, based on the success of MSN's web-based e-mail service . Unlike the 'Online Friends' service provided with MSN 2.5 that requires an MSN membership, anyone with a free Microsoft Passport or Hotmail account can use MSN Messenger. With the introduction of Windows XP in 2001 (including Internet Explorer 6.0), Microsoft started providing content to MSN Internet Access subscribers through a program called MSN Explorer . This program is similar to the early MSN Program Viewer, which provides access to MSN web sites, email, instant messaging, and other content on a web browser (an Internet Explorer shell) based on the Trident placement engine. MSN Explorer is similar to AOL Desktop with a built-in email client and provides access to the content of AOL members. After switching to MSN Explorer, email for MSN members was integrated into Microsoft's Hotmail architecture and could be accessed from the web in the same way as other Hotmail accounts. MSN Explorer, Hotmail 's Windows Live brand to last until @ my email inbox and folders (' MSN Mail 'also known as) did not provide a user interface to navigate. MSN subscribers were upgraded to the standard version of Hotmail in 2008, but with additional storage capacity compared to free Hotmail users. Microsoft shut down Hotmail progressively and in 2013 Outlook.combut MSN subscribers still receive @ email addresses to use with ad-free service. Legacy members may continue to use these addresses with once they have completed their subscriptions . MSN 6 and 7 The first beta version of the pre-release version of MSN Explorer was included with Windows code name 'Whistler build 2410', which was originally included in Windows XP and Windows XP. The server versions of beta were not included. The latest version, MSN Explorer version 6.0 (officially enumerated to follow the latest version of the older MSN 5.0 software), was released in October 2001 and installed on Windows XP. Anyone using Windows XP can choose to use MSN Explorer regardless of their MSN membership status. The MSN Explorer user interface matched Windows XP visual styles , and HTML5 used relatively responsive animations that would not become widespread in web browsers until a few years later. Microsoft has started sending MSN Explorer software as 'MSN' starting with version 7, which is an update released shortly after the first release of Windows XP. In 2002, Microsoft stopped the development of the free version of the software in favor of a version provided with MSN dial-up and premium subscriptions. The version of MSN Explorer later than 7.5 requires a paid subscription, but it is possible to use another Internet service provider when accessing content provided through MSN Explorer software. The latest free version of MSN software has been downloadable for a while. MSN 8 and 9 MSN versions 8 and 9 were released in 2002 and 2004 respectively. As of MSN version 9, the software made it compulsory for a user to have a Microsoft account account, but may or may not require an active subscription to other MSN services, depending on the version. The interface also contains many Flash animations. Version 9.5 added compatibility with Windows Vista . The release was released on June 9, 2008. The version includes revisions required for a new mailbox synchronization technology and the necessary fixes to replace the MSN Parental Controls menu options with links to the new Microsoft family properties (Windows Live Family Security) feature. MSN 10 and 11 Microsoft launched MSN version 10 in November 2009 after Windows 7 was released. Full compatibility with Internet Explorer 8, the Internet roaming controller, and the ability to exclude uploading MSN Messenger. Photo 10.2, photo email integration with SkyDrive (now OneDrive ), adding photos or a photo slideshow to others for which you can download a copy, and customizable toolbarwas released in 2011, including button groups. Version 10.5 added minor enhancements to MSN software; Most importantly, Microsoft has changed the user agent to a new web browser to bypass 'old browser' warning messages on some websites. MSN Explorer 11 was released in April 2014. This is the current version that offers compatibility with Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 11, adds tabbed browsing and brings the "remember me" feature. Since 2013, the software still has a chat message client based on Microsoft's Messenger service, even though it's progressive in favor of Skype . MSN Mac OS X For Mac OS X , MSN was a dial-up client interface for Microsoft's pay-per-charge online services for Mac users. In some respects, the software was comparable to the AOL dial-up client with its channel-based interface, built-in chat and instant messaging features, parental controls, and the ability to host multiple display names. Internet Explorer 5 used in the Mac version of the Tasman layout engine. Eliminated in March 2005. Following the discontinuation of MSN for Mac OS X, Microsoft continued to offer Microsoft Messenger for Mac, a client that caused instant messaging, requiring only a free Microsoft Account account. Skype as mentioned beforeChanged Messenger in 2013. MSN Premium For customers with high-speed broadband Internet access, 'MSN Premium' is a subscription service that is provided by Microsoft and combines firewall and anti-virus software provided by McAfee and Spy Sweeper , as well as a number of different Internet services. To use MSN Premium, users subscribe to the service through the site or by purchasing DSL from one of the MSN partners, such as Verizon or Qwest in the United States, or Bell Internet in Canada. Microsoft also started Windows LiveWith the brand Verizon offered first class services. MSN Premium, delivered through Verizon, was deployed on March 1, 2012, and users could no longer use MSN Premium with Verizon after that date.

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