Microsoft testing new Internet 'portal'

Microsoft began a public beta test of a new Web site that will unify the three existing "portal" sites it now maintains. A portal site--like Yahoo, Netscape Netcaster, or Microsoft's existing "Start" sites--provide users with a one-stop homepage that they can customize. Microsoft's new portal site, which will retain the "Start" title, will be finalized by the end of the year. It includes a sleeker look, free email via the Microsoft HotMail service, easy search engine access, and all kinds of news feeds.

If you'd like to check out the beta version of the site, please visit Microsoft's Internet Start beta page

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