Microsoft announces end of MSN TV platform

Jul

7

2013

Microsoft has announced that its service for MSN TV platform will cease in September. This puts an end to the original WebTV, with a set-top box based on cheap PC hardware on a TV gave access to web content.

WebTV was put by the same company in 1996 in the U.S. market. It was a set-top box used as a thin client. The device was constructed with a relatively less expensive hardware and had an integrated modem. Through the WebTV set-top box could be a user who had to subscribe to the service, access to web pages, on his television access while it was also possible to send or chat email. With a price of several hundred dollars it was one of the first affordable set-top boxes that a consumer through its television showed surfing on the Internet.

The WebTV platform proved successful in the U.S. and brought top boxes from various manufacturers based on the platform. In addition, Microsoft had become interested in the platform and in April 1997 was the start-up acquired for an amount of 425 million dollars. Microsoft developed the platform based on its own Windows CE operating system. Also, the name was changed to MSN TV in 2001.

Much of the former WebTV employees started working at Microsoft. To the Xbox platform In particular, the Xbox 360 tried to make Web content accessible via the television screen. Meanwhile, the number of MSN TV users steadily, thanks to the advent of numerous other set-top boxes and consoles. Also, modern televisions equipped with Smart TV functionality.

Now Microsoft sees no more bread in his MSN TV platform, the company announced that it pulls the plug from the platform on 30 September. Subscribers still get the chance to migrate to a Microsoft account their data.

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