ninemsn has released a new Premium Internet package, promising parents greater control over the level of Internet access their kids have at home.
The ninemsn Premium software package is based on the MSN 8 product launched in the US in October last year and is ISP-independent.
Targeted at family Internet users with a dial-up connection, the package includes a new browser toolbar and user ‘dashboard’ which can be customised to display messenger contacts, news and weather, calendar notes or favourite Web pages (see here for a screenshot). The package also comes with Microsoft’s Encarta Plus encyclopaedia and Picture It! software.
ninemsn director of consumer services Dominic Finnegan said the deal’s biggest selling point, however, is parental controls.
Each user is given their own login identity, set according to age group, so parents can restrict their child’s Internet access to certain types of Web sites (categorised by either default Web page content filters or listings created by the parent). The parental controls also restrict children from sending and receiving e-mail or instant messages from non-approved contacts.
The package incorporates enhanced Hotmail capabilities, such as a more user-friendly inbox, rich format e-mail functionality, and integration with image and document formatting tools. ninemsn Premium users will have an extra 10MB of storage included with their account -- previously only available to Hotmail’s paid subscribers.
ninemsn Premium is available in three subscription options: $12.95 per month, $75 for six months, or $142.45 for 12 months.