MSN getting into VOIP


Reuters - 'Microsoft, MCI to join computer-to-phone calling market.'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp.'s MSN and MCI Inc. said on Monday they are teaming up to extend the reach of MSN's instant-messaging service into the crowded global computer-to-phone call market.

The deal will allow consumers to place calls for as little as 2.3 cents a minute -- undercutting rates MCI offers existing customers -- and highlighting the challenge Web-based calling poses to voice-based telephone businesses.

The two companies said the new service, to be known as MCI Web Calling for Windows Live Call, will be available through Windows Live Messenger -- Microsoft's recent name change for its MSN Messenger, which counts 185 million active users worldwide.

'MCI Web Calling for Windows Live Call' - snappy.