Microsoft on September 30, will stop running MSN TV service (formerly known as WebTV), offering access to the Internet, email, and photos from the TV screen. In Microsoft explained that this product is out of date.
On the imminent closure of MSN TV was announced on the official website of Microsoft, warned, in addition, subscribers to this e-mail. Until September, users of the service offered to transfer e-mails in Outlook accounts and copy the content to SkyDrive.
WebTV was established in 1996 with the aim of providing access to the World Wide Web to people who did not have it, as well as additional convenience of Internet access from home for those who have it already was. Since then much has changed, and now there are many new ways of access to the global network – said in the Microsoft. – In any case, we were not easy to take this decision.
Company WebTV was acquired by Microsoft in 1997 for $ 425 million In 2001, the service was renamed MSN TV to accelerate integration with products such as MSN Messenger and MSN Hotmail. During the existence of the service has undergone a number of changes, although the idea remained the same.
In connection with the Apple TV set-top boxes and other competing solutions, MSN TV subscriber base began to melt. As a result, the team was engaged in its development and promotion, divided – some employees switched to the development of the game console and the Xbox platform Mediaroom. Steve Perlman, founder of WebTV left the company, taking up OnLive, borrowing it for some elements of the technology WebTV.
It should be noted that the idea of combining television and the Internet are still in demand, as evidenced by the experience of Apple and other companies. However, Microsoft did decide to close the service.