Thanks creamhackered from our BPN Forum. Just to confirm what we have already said, MS PressPass has released an official statment. -Ed
Microsoft Corp. today announced that MSN® 8, the most significant version of MSN ever to be released, will become broadly available to consumers in the United States on Oct. 24. MSN plans to introduce the product in New York City's Central Park at a large and unique event led by Microsoft Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates. The kickoff will be bolstered by the largest MSN marketing campaign ever in the United States and a new promotional theme for MSN 8, "better with the butterfly," which will encourage consumers to look for the MSN butterfly logo for the best online experience.
Microsoft also today announced U.S. pricing details for MSN 8, including pricing for the MSN Broadband Internet Access and MSN Dial-Up Internet Access services and the MSN 8 subscription services for consumers who choose to use MSN 8 with their existing Internet service provider (ISP).
"Consumers are ready for a better Internet experience, and we will deliver what they've been waiting for with MSN 8," said Yusuf Mehdi, vice president of MSN. "Beginning Oct. 24, the Web becomes better with the butterfly and MSN 8, which will offer innovative services and great value to consumers."