AOL has announced the beta launch of www.aol.hk, a dedicated Web destination in Hong Kong. The new site combines AOL’s suite of communications products, including free e-mail and instant messaging with regional content in Chinese.
AOL is partnering with some of the most compelling creators of content in the region, including China News, udn.com (United Daily News) and Phoenix New Media. The company will also draw upon its worldwide distribution partnership with HP to deliver a co-branded local language portal and search solution for HP users in Hong Kong. AOL will continue to add new content and features over the coming months.
“Making AOL’s leading products and programming initiatives available to a worldwide audience is a key company strategy, and today’s launch is an important first step in Hong Kong,” said Maneesh Dhir, Executive Vice President, AOL International. “We are committed to providing consumers with a robust offering that meets their needs and makes it easier to access the power of the Internet.”
“The launch of AOL.hk is just the beginning of an ongoing effort to provide consumers in Hong Kong with the services and content they want,” said Norman Koo, VP and General Manager for Greater China. “Our industry-leading products and programming combined with our content partnerships will provide a unique experience for consumers and advertisers, as well as an international, regional and local mix of news, finance and entertainment information.”
As part of its international growth plans, AOL has now launched 19 portals and plans to expand to 30 countries by the end of 2008. In addition, AOL teamed up with HP last September to include localized versions of the AOL.com portal and other AOL services as the default setting on HP computers shipped in the United States and around the world.
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