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Chapter 26. Establishing a Dial-Up Inter... > Using the Microsoft Network for Inte...

Using the Microsoft Network for Internet Access

Although it started out with the launch of Windows 95 as an online service competing with America Online and CompuServe, today The Microsoft Network (MSN) is a curious hybrid. Though partly an entertainment medium with "channels" of content ranging from the Disney Blast to Microsoft Investor, it's also a low-cost ISP with worldwide coverage and a variety of access plans.

Naturally, Microsoft makes it easy to install the MSN access software and to sign up for a trial account. Look on the Windows desktop for an icon called Setup MSN Internet Access. If you choose this option, it will load nearly 4MB of software and call a Microsoft server to establish your account. Although MSN uses many of the same components as Windows 98 (most notably Internet Explorer 4.0), MSN also adds its own distinctive touches, including a custom Connection Manager.


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