Microsoft launches messenger service

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Microsoft Corp. launched MSN Messenger Service, an Internet messaging service that allows users to communicate with other Internet users and tells consumers when their friends, family and colleagues are online. The service enables them to exchange online messages and e-mail with the more than 40 million users of the MSN Hotmail Web-based e-mail service as well as with people using America Online's Instant Messenger.

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