By Deane Barker on December 24, 2005

Microsoft Quits MSNBC TV, but Web Partnership Remains: I remember this was a big deal when I was working on The Microsoft Network back in 1995, when I got my first 90MHz Pentium. This has been one of the most enduring partnerships of the Internet era.

Ending a partnership that soured long ago, Microsoft and NBC announced yesterday that they would dissolve their joint ownership of the cable news channel MSNBC, with NBC taking control.

NBC has completed a deal to assume majority control of the channel immediately, with an 82 percent stake, and it will become the sole owner within two years,