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  • Microsoft Japan to Release MS Money for Online Access With Banks
  • June 29, 1998 (TOKYO) -- Microsoft Co., Ltd. of Japan, the Tokyo -based subsidiary of Microsoft Corp., said it will market the Japanese version of Microsoft Money, an asset management application software package for personal users, on July 25, the same day as the Windows 98 launch in Japan.
    It contains the functions of asset management, online banking services, links to Excel and other applications.

    As concerns online banking services, the company said connections with 83 banks and financial institutions have been verified.

    From their home PCs, customers can balance their accounts and complete transfers and payments through online banking services using ANSER-SPC, an application of NTT Data Corp.

    Microsoft said that an additional 13 financial institutions are expected to join, in addition to the 83 banks and credit unions that have already signed up.

    Meanwhile, Nomura Research Institute Ltd. and Nikkei Business Publications Inc. as partner corporations will provide stock and financial information through the Internet.

    From the end of July, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. will market a modified version of Microsoft Money for its customers through DC Card Trading Co., Ltd., the bank's affiliate.

    Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. and Meiji Life Insurance Co. plan to deliver a demo CD-ROM version of Microsoft Money to their customers for a limited period.

    Microsoft said that the suggested retail price will be 11,800 yen (US$80).

    (BizTech Editorial Dept.)

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    Updated: Fri Jun 26 15:29:12 1998