Microsoft has announced that it is going to shut down MSN TV on September 20th. You might know it as WebTV, which Microsoft acquired in 1997 for $425 million. Oh yeah, that one. It was one of the first set-top boxes that allowed users to access the internet through their TV.
MSN TV users could browse the internet and view e-mail on the TV using wireless keyboards. The service didn’t gain much traction, probably because it didn’t do anything that made it stand out.
Microsoft admits that there are many new ways to access internet on TVs. So it makes sense to shut it down. Subscribers have already been alerted through e-mail. We’re surprised it has lasted this long.