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MICROSOFT NETWORK THE NEXT TARGET FOR JUSTICE DEPARTMENT
Published June 9, 1995
The Justice Department's antitrust division is looking into how the planned Microsoft Network, expected to be launched this August, might affect the on-line industry, according to a report in this morning's WASHINGTON POST. America Online, CompuServe and Prodigy all received requests for information, with today the likely deadline. The Justice Department "would not confirm the precise nature of its inquiry into the network" (Elizabeth Corcoran, WASHINGTON POST, 6/9). Barring a delay in the start of MSN, to be launched with Microsoft's new operating system, Windows 95, Microsoft plans to link the service to its CD-ROM products through one-button access. According to the latest INTERACTIVE WEEK, Microsoft CD-ROM titles such as "Microsoft Baseball" and "Microsoft Basketball" will be linked to MSN so that fans can get online results and stats via GEIS, a GE subsidiary (INTERACTIVE WEEK, 6/5 issue).