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Microsoft Launches Preview of MSN Hong Kong

Microsoft Hong Kong has given Hong Kong users a preview of the new Microsoft Network (MSN) Hong Kong portal.

Microsoft claims to be offering extensive local and international content providers on the Chinese and English versions of MSN Hong Kong including the South China Morning Post, CNet in Asia, Sing Tao Daily, Sing Tao PC Market, Next Magazine, Sudden Weekly, EasyFinder, JobFinder, YES!, Rock Entertainment, Centaline Property, and irasia.com.

Other content providers that are billed to be joining the MSN Hong Kong site include MTVAsia Online, SCMP Racing Post, IT Asia, Channel Asia, webnewz, and the Hong Kong Tourist Association.

"We are thrilled to introduce the MSN Hong Kong site and bring the Web lifestyle closer to customers in Hong Kong with planned new capabilities, like Chinese-language chat and tools to securely manage personal information online and support e-commerce," said Patricia Yee, Hong Kong business manager, The Microsoft Network.

"Microsoft is committed making Hong Kong a major Internet e-commerce player by offering secure and user-friendly online tools to organize and utilize the Internet resources according to personal needs," added Yee.

Other features of MSN include chat forums in English or Chinese, localized Hotmail with free Chinese-language support, and the Microsoft Passport technology, allegedly providing safe, simple-to-use access for information and electronic commerce transactions.

MSN Hong Kong's global and local search facilities combine MSN Search with global and local search partners such as Excite, OpenFind, Goyoyo!, and Timway Hong Kong Search, providing English or Chinese search capabilities.

"Microsoft is dedicated to expanding the e-commerce services on MSN and facilitating e-commerce between consumers and businesses," said Yee. "MSN's enhanced services will benefit both consumers and sellers in Hong Kong by giving them the opportunity to maximize the Web to conduct fast, easy and safe transactions."

Microsoft did not comment whether it would provide dial-up Internet access in Hong Kong which MSN provides to users in the US.