Microsoft sets up wireless portal

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target=NEW>Microsoft Corp. today launched a portal for users of wireless handheld
devices and said it has acquired OmniBrowse Inc., a wireless-data services company, to
help speed up its wireless portal strategy.

Portals are Web sites that compile a variety of content, services and links to other
sites. Microsoft's new portal, dubbed MSN
Mobile
, will let users receive personalized content via their interactive pagers
and cellular phones. Starting today, consumers can sign up for MSN Mobile on The
Microsoft Network (MSN) Web site, MSN.com.

Microsoft also announced its purchase of OmniBrowse, which makes applications for
interactive pagers, cellular phones, handheld computers and other wireless handheld
devices. OmniBrowse's suite of services for delivering content to wireless devices has
been incorporated into MSN Mobile, Microsoft said. No information about the acquisition
price was disclosed.

When fully developed, MSN Mobile will include services such as e-mail, address books
and calendar features from Microsoft's Web-based e-mail service, Hotmail, Microsoft
said. It will also include content from other parts of MSN, such as news, sports and
weather from MSNBC and stock updates from the MSN MoneyCentral personal finance online
service.

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