Transpoint LLC this week began offering consumers the ability to pay any bill through the Internet - even to parties unable to receive payments electronically.

By making a "pay-anyone" service available, the joint venture of Microsoft Corp., First Data Corp., and Citigroup Inc. bolstered itself against rival CheckFree Holdings Corp. of Norcross, Ga., which has had the capability since the mid-1980s.

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