MSN TV, originally known as WebTV, will be closing its doors on Sept. 30 of this year, finishing yet another chapter in how the Internet rose to popularity.
During the mid-1990s when the Internet was still an enigma to many users, WebTV launched a service that would allow you to use your TV as a monitor and deliver all of the Web to you from the comfort of your couch. Microsoft bought the company in 1997 for $425 million and rebranded it as MSN TV in 2001.
For those who still use the service, you will have your email transferred over to Microsoft’s Outlook service, and all of your content such as bookmarks and photos can be transferred to SkyDrive. The accounts will also be transfered over to MSN Premium free through Dec. of this year, and thereafter it will run you $10 a month or $90 per year.
In the early days of the Web this wasn’t such a bad idea, but with the rise of laptops, tablets and mobile devices, it’s a bit surprising that MSN TV was even able to hold out this long.