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15 November, 1999 - Microsoft is taking another step towards delivering on
its promise of 'Everyday Web' through the UK launch today of MSN WebCourier,
a free 'opt-in' newsletter service that can deliver localised content
directly to the UK's 1.2 million Hotmail users' inboxes on a regular basis.

The MSN WebCourier service offers subscribers a choice of six categories
including Business and Finance, Entertainment, Recruitment, Sports, Shopping
and Travel. Each category has up to five 'content providers' such as
FT.COM, The Guardian, Datanet and To register for the
service, users simply sign into Hotmail and click under 'free subscription',
located on the navigation bar on the left hand side. Users then select the
check boxes to ensure that the newsletters they require are sent directly to
their Hotmail inbox, with immediate effect.

"The launch of WebCourier complements the existing Hotmail communications
services by delivering timely and relevant content that is of interest to UK
consumers, underpinning our commitment in helping deliver 'Everyday Web',"
said John Stoneman, business development manager at MSN, UK. "We want to
provide Hotmail users with what they want, when they want it, wherever they
may be."

Datanet Group Limited, the online sports and entertainment provider, was
amongst the first to join with MSN and will provide Hotmail subscribers with
newsletters from four of its most popular sites.

Nick Roberts, commercial director of Datanet Group commented: "Our
partnership with MSN is both a great opportunity for us to build our
customer base and for Hotmail users to have instant access to our sports
news updates on request."

Users of MSN WebCourier are under no obligation to subscribe and may add or
discontinue subscriptions at any time. UK users can also use WebCourier to
subscribe to US newsletters at :

About MSN

The key services in the MSN family include:

* MSN's portal site is designed to
provide the most useful Internet information and services offered together
in one place, helping users do what they want, fast. The site is freely
available to all Internet users.

*MSN Hotmail : the Web-based service that provides customers
with free email for life and is accessible from anywhere in the world.

*MSN LinkExchange: this also offers small Web site owners the
on-line prominence and marketing force of larger companies through a range
of powerful online marketing tools.

*MSN FreeWeb: free Internet access

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software 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 and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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