Microsofts Revamped MSN Goes Premium

Microsoft announced last week MSN Premium, its latest online service.

Microsoft announced last week MSN Premium, its latest online service.

The service, designed for use with broadband Internet connections, will be available Jan. 8 and offer a range of features, including spam filters, anti-virus capabilities, a firewall, parental controls, photo management, exclusive multimedia content and multiple e-mail accounts.

MSN Premium will compete with America Onlines new AOL 9.0 Optimized service. MSN Premium applications are tied together by a unified graphical interface.

One of the new applications, MSN Video, provides streaming video from television partners such as the MSNBC cable news network and the ESPN sports programming network.