London, UK - 24 September 2003, 08:00 GMT - The Microsoft Network
(MSN) decision to stop no-subscription internet chatting facilities is a testimony
to market forces. There is a cost associated with policing and monitoring
internet chat rooms and bulletin boards which cannot be offered for free anymore.
MSN's decision suggests that it is not sufficient to have users of internet
services but they need to pay in order to get a higher quality environment
that includes moderators and appropriate authentication layers.