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Man in the middle (07 Oct 2004)
"MSN plays a couple of important roles," Medhi says. "One is that we're now an engine of growth for the company, and from last year, a profitable one. The second thing is that we are the consumer arm for the company: we touch 350m customers a month, now, and we're building very positive relationships for the company. The third thing is that we are pioneering a lot of online services for the company: the online advertising platform and strategy for the whole company (because we're looking at bringing advertising to other software products), and high-scale operations such as our Hotmail service and forthcoming search service. We'll run things like Passport and the billing services. In many respects, Steve Ballmer [Microsoft's chief executive] would say we're the services arm for the company, and would want us to do more."
Article URL: http://www.guardian.co.uk/online/story/0,3605,1320844,00.html

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