(The Microsoft Network) is a collection of Internet services provided byMicrosoft. The Microsoft Network debuted as an online service and Internet serviceprovider on August 24, 1994, to coincide with the release of the Windows 95operating system.MSN, a part of Microsoft's Online Services Group, is a leadingprovider of Internet content and services.MSN.com offers many useful services tothe users around the world but in order to enjoy all the services of MSN.com onemust have a Microsoft Passport Network account. With the help of MicrosoftPassport Network account, you can gain access to all the services of MicrosoftNetwork facilities. Signing up at Microsoft Passport Network is completely freeand after signing up you get access to all the services.This portal provides a widerange of news, information, and entertainment content, as well as online shoppingand games. It also offers chat rooms, message boards, and other communicationsservices, including Hotmail (Web-based e-mail) and instant messaging. The portaldraws an audience of more than 460 million unique users per month through some50 country-specific sites. Its suite of online content, e-mail, instant messaging, andother digital community applications and services is offered under the WindowsLive brand.Microsoft Network has collaborated with many other service providersthat offers services like MSN shopping, MSN Encarta, MSN space blog, MSNadCenter, MSN Premium that includes MSN Virus Guard and Firewall, etc. In theprevious year 2006, Microsoft changed the name of MSN products with WindowsLive name as a part of strategy to overcome the competition from other serviceproviders. In the future, Microsoft might launch two new services of MSN i.e. MSNExplorer and MSN Groups.