Microsoft Shrugs off Dial-up Decline

Like America Online, Microsoft’s MSN Internet service is feeling the pinch of competition from both high-speed and budget dial-up ISPs…however MSFT maintains that the trend is not a bad sign. Rather, the company said the business remains healthy as it rids itself of lower-paying subscribers riding on deals instead of paying the full price–$21.95 a month–for MSN’s Internet access…meanwhile, MSN’s subscription revenue, which includes businesses such as an enhanced Hotmail, increased 9 percent during the quarter.

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