Microsoft admitted that it considered making a bid for online services provider Compuserve, which was this week acquired by Worldcom, which then sold on its content business to America Online (AOL). A merger of Compuserve and Microsoft's MSN would have combined the second and third largest online services, providing a powerful threat to the biggest, AOL. MSN vice president Laura Jennings said in a statement that the company had decided against the bid, making a "strategic business decision to invest our resources internally".
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