Microsoft, angered by a rumor published in the Los Angeles Times, announced yesterday that they are not dropping MSN (the Microsoft Network), their Internet Access service. MSN, in fact, has recently signed deals to partner with outsiders, including @Home, the high-speed cable modem access company.

"We're not perfect at what we do," said Jeff Sanderson, general manager of marketing at MSN. "But we are not aiming to leave the access business. There is no imminent plan going on to get out of the access business. "We are broadening the choices people have of using other's access to reach MSN's content, but that is totally unrelated to the commitment we have to continue providing access as part of our own service package."

MSN currently has 2.3 million subscribers and offers flat-rate Internet access