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`Honey, What's On Microsoft?'

Bill Gates may turn out to be the Walt Disney of the Web

Tune in to Mungo Park and travel with adventurer Richard Bangs as his team attempts the first rafting descent of the savage Tekeze River in Ethiopia. Check out Underwire, a program for women with tips on love, sex, marriage, and fitness. Need a chuckle? Try 15 Seconds of Fame, a weekly contest of the funniest stories from viewers hosted by comedian Charles Fleisher, the voice of Roger Rabbit.

Sound like the fall TV lineup at the Discovery Channel, Lifetime, or Fox? Try Microsoft Corp. On Oct. 10, the software giant is set to take the wraps off these and 20 other glitzy new programs. It's all part of the company's ambitious effort to reinvent Microsoft Network and, in the process, turn itself into the equivalent of a media powerhouse--on the Internet.