MSN.com shuts out non-Microsoft browsers

Some people trying to access Microsoft's MSN.com with a non-Microsoft browser are finding themselves locked out.

Although the software leviathan's Internet Explorer easily reaches MSN, other browsers--such as Opera, Mozilla and some versions of Netscape--run into trouble.

Using the most recent browser from Mozilla.org to reach MSN brings a message from Microsoft saying it has "detected that the browser that you are using will not render MSN.com correctly." Mozilla.org does open-source browser development for AOL Time Warner's Netscape Communications unit.

"Additionally, you'll see the most advanced functionality of MSN.com only with the latest version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or MSN Explorer," the message continues. The page then provides several links for users to download versions of Internet Explorer for Windows, Macintosh and MSN Explorer.

News source: ZDnet Australia

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