Microsoft, InsWeb Launch Insurance Center

Juiced by InsWeb Corp.’s technology, Microsoft Corp. Thursday launched the
MSN Insurance Center.

Consumers who visit the MSN Insurance Center at the MSN MoneyCentral finance service
will be able to shop for insurance easier, access expert advice and
participate in step-by-step workshops.

InsWeb InsWeb, the Internet’s leading insurance marketplace, allows consumers at the
MSN Insurance Center to research, compare and select coverage for auto,
term life,
home, renters and individual health insurance through InsWeb’s 49
participating insurance providers.

Through Microsoft’s agreement with InsWeb, consumers can now shop for
insurance across the MSN
network, including through the MSN HomeAdvisor online real estate service
and the MSN CarPoint
online automotive service, which provide convenient access to home or auto
insurance.

“MSN is dedicated to providing consumers with the most complete selection
of leading financial tools and
information in one place on the Web, and our alliance with InsWeb is a
significant extension of this,” said
Erik Jorgensen, product unit manager for MSN MoneyCentral.

Features of the insurance center include:

  • InsWeb’s online marketplace — users can request multiple quotes and
    information from leading insurers participating at InsWeb’s online marketplace

  • Easy insurance selection — visitors can select insurance coverage
    online through leading carriers on InsWeb.

  • Do-it-yourself tools — insurance estimates can be quickly and easily
    reviewed through interactive features such as the Homeowners Insurance Quick Estimate and the Auto Coverage Analyzer. These tools can help consumers better understand a range of factors that may
    affect their insurance premiums and coverage choices

  • Life insurance needs estimator — consumers can use this calculator to quickly help determine the appropriate level of life insurance coverage, based on several financial variables such as one-time expenses, years of need and other assets.

InsWeb, rated the No. 1 insurance site by Gomez Advisors, helps consumers
save time and money by providing free insurance quotes sponsored by the
nation’s leading insurance companies. In May, Microsoft’s Japanese unit
agreed to a 2 percent stake in InsWeb by buying shares from SOFTBANK, which
owned 53 percent of InsWeb.

MSN MoneyCentral is a complete online personal finance resource delivering
leading financial tools and
information.

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