3 Signs International Deal for MSN Messenger & Hotmail

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Microsoft and 3 have signed an agreement that sees MSN Messenger and MSN Hotmail made available on 3 Group networks.

3 will offer access via a web portal or by downloaded or preinstalled software on handsets. Both companies say they expect more frequent mobile-to-mobile and PC-to- mobile interaction.

Hotmail is one of the world’s largest web-based email services, with 230m active accounts; MSN Messenger, the world’s most used free instant messaging service,has 205m customers worldwide. Initially, the services will be available to 3 customers in the UK, Ireland, Hong Kong, Sweden, Denmark, Austria and Australia.