MSN (full name: The Microsoft Network) is an portal and information service set up by Microsoft Corporation. It was first launched as an Internet service provider along with Windows 95 on August 24, 1995. MSN was originally a fee-based service similar to CompuServe and AOL, providing services such as dial-up Internet access, ancillary messaging, and Internet chat rooms (network instant messaging), but it also allows other existing Internet users to use it through the Internet. MSN was the second largest Internet service provider in the world, with 9 million users, second only to AOL. Later, with the popularization of the Internet, Microsoft turned most of the original paid items into free MSN search engine websites. This is the second spring of MSN. After Microsoft acquired Hotmail, it continued to re-integrate its services; especially after Microsoft's "Microsoft Account" authentication technology matured, MSN expanded Outlook.com (Microsoft Office family), MSN Messenger (terminated service) and MSN Spaces services ( MSN Spaces was integrated into OneDrive and became part of the Microsoft Office family).
It provides a multi-language interface and default homepage for the Microsoft Edge browser equipped with Windows 10.
Microsoft News is a revised version of MSN News, and is a platform for gathering news and information.
MSN Weather (MSN Weather), which used to be Bing weather, was later planned to be the MSN family product, providing weather services around the world.
MSN Money (MSN Money), which used to be Bing Finance in the past, was later put under the MSN family, providing users with services such as inquiries about stock prices, exchange rates, and financial news.
MSN Sports (MSN Sports), formerly Bing Sports, is now the MSN family, providing information and scores of various sports events around the world.
Outlook.com, formerly known as Hotmail, is a free webmail service that was independent when it first ran in 1996. It only became part of MSN in 1997. After 2006, it became a part of Microsoft's Windows Live online service system and is now part of the Microsoft Office family. On April 3, 2013, Hotmail was replaced by Outlook.com.
MSN World Service
In the United States, MSN launched its service jointly with local telecommunications companies and broadcasting stations, and in Canada, it cooperated with Bell Sympatico, a subsidiary of Internet service provider Bell Canada, to create "Sympatico / MSN". In Australia, Microsoft initially launched "OnAustralia" in cooperation with Telstra, but withdrew from the joint venture the following year. Therefore, Telstra has 100% ownership and renamed it "BigPond". Microsoft then turned to create "ninemsn" with Channel Nine TV. Cooperated with Mexico Telecom in Mexico to create "Prodigy / MSN". XtraMSN, established in New Zealand in cooperation with Xtra and New Zealand Telecom, terminated its service in 2006. MSN's services are spread all over the world. In 2007, Microsoft established an MSN R&D center in Shanghai Zizhu Science Park, China. This department provides technical support for MSN services. On July 15, 2012, Microsoft and NBC issued a joint statement, ending the 16-year cooperative relationship, and NBC will acquire 50% of the shares held by Microsoft. Therefore, MSNBC broke away from the relationship with the MSN portal. After MSNBC launched its own news website, MSNBC.com.
The MSN portal was officially launched in mainland China in May 2005. It is operated by Shanghai Meisien Network Communication Technology Co., Ltd. and jointly launched content services with multiple content providers such as "Beijing Youth Daily".
MSN Chinese Network issued a notice on April 29, 2016 that it will stop providing simplified Chinese services on June 7, 2016. It was officially launched again in Mainland China in December 2018. The new name is "MSN China". Before that, it was just a website navigation similar to hao123.