Microsoft drops Sidewalk global plans

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Microsoft Corp. said it will centralize local Web content for non-U.S. markets into Microsoft Network rather than developing Sidewalk city guides on the Web in foreign cities. The move immediately affects a planned Sidewalk Web site in Montreal, where Microsoft is closing a Sidewalk office employing nine people. It was unclear at Web deadline May 23 whether the move also signals the demise of Microsoft's announced Sydney, Australia, Sidewalk site. Microsoft opened the first Sidewalk guide in Seattle on April 3 and followed in New York on May 19. Microsoft expects to roll Sidewalk into 10 cities in 1997, including Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

Copyright May 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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