MSN Web portal, dial-up for sale? "Microsoft offered to sell its MSN Internet portal and dial-up subscriber business both to America Online and to Yahoo!, according to several people with knowledge of the talks. While Yahoo! considered and quickly rejected the proposal, Time Warner, the parent of America Online, expressed interest.
Microsoft and Time Warner have explored a variety of possible combinations of the MSN Internet portal with Time Warner's America Online, including a merger of the two units into a new company that would be jointly owned, according to several people involved in the talks."