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Product: MSN 8
Company: Microsoft
Estimated Street Price:

Broadband $39.95-49.95/mo
Dial-up $21.95/mo
 Software Only $9.95/mo or $79.95/yr

Review By: Paul Britton

Final Results And Overall Mark  

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction & Installation
2: User Interface
3: Communications
4: Productivity Part I
5: Productivity Part II

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for MSN 8.


Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation: 95%
Interface: 92%
Ease of Use: 91%
Communications Features: 90%
Productivity Features: 87%
Price/Value: 92%
Overall: 91.1%

There has been a lot of water cooler discussion about whether or not MSN 8 is worth the cost, and who would be likely to use it.  To be honest, I am surprised MSN 8 is as cheap as it is for all the value included.  As someone who has been using the Internet since CompuServe first came on the scene, and accessing bulletin boards before that (2,800/9,600baud modems…ugh!), I was surprised by how much I have come to enjoy having a client that truly allowed me to expand how I used the internet to do more.  MSN 8 with a sleek and more professional appearance and a customizable navigation bar for people like me to shrink the large, possibly offensive icons will likely reduce the mental barriers to entry.  Once I got passed the user interface, and tailored it to my liking, I was able to focus on what mattered to me most on the internet, and MSN services.

In addition to being a windows enthusiast, I consider myself an internet enthusiast; I am genuinely excited about the future of the Internet, and love to be on the cutting edge.  I think that there will be a significant number of people who are of like mind that will find themselves checking MSN 8 out, as a way to expand how they use the internet.  Time will tell that tale.

MSN 8 resoundingly trounces any previous version of MSN 8, is a no-brainer upgrade for current subscribers, and finally opens the door to the future of software-powered, web-enabled internet services in a big way.  Look out AOL.

Specs & Package
Overall Score 91.1%
Version Reviewed MSN 8
Release Date Out Now
In The Box N/A
The Good Points Major Overhaul, new User Interface, redesigned mail client, MSN Dashboard, new MSN Calendar client, new introduced money, photo, and learning features, web-page sharing.
The Bad Points Can’t insert hyperlink in email, no calendar sharing feature, lack of timestamps on weekly child activity report.
Reviewer Specs

Pentium 4 2.0A GHz
Windows XP Professional
512 MB RAM
Direct X 8.1
21” CyberMax Monitor
nVidia GeForce 3 Ti
Turtle Beach-Santa Cruz sound card

Microsoft Office XP Keyboard
Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0

PC Required
  • Microsoft® Windows® 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 with Service Pack 2, or Windows XP operating system 

    Multimedia PC with 233MHz processor or faster (500MHz recommended)

  • Minimum 64MB of RAM (128MB recommended)

  • Up to 320MB of hard disk space needed to install — after install, up to 180MB may be needed

  • 28.8K or faster modem or other existing Internet connection

  • Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device recommended

  • 256-color VGA or higher resolution graphics card (SVGA recommended)

  • Minimum 800x600 screen resolution recommended

  • 16-bit sound card and speakers

  • CD-ROM drive 


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