MSN, which has 7.7 million Internet access subscribers, is offering MSN 8 as a subscription service to subscribers through either dial-up or broadband connections.
MSN 8 includes parental
Microsoft will also make MSN 8 available to consumers who use a different Internet service provider, such as AOL Time Warner's America Online, but want to make use of MSN 8 services.
MSN has 7.7 millions subscribers vs. AOL's 34 million.
Microsoft said it will launch its biggest global ad and marketing campaign ever for MSN 8. That effort, from Interpublic Group of Cos.' McCann-Erickson Worldwide, San Francisco, is expected to fire off by early September.