Transpoint LLC announced this week that by February it will be able to help consumers pay any and all of their bills using the Internet -- even those from the likes of baby-sitters or pet groomers.

The new service would round out the payment offerings of the electronic bill presentment and payment company. Financial companies and industry analysts have complained that Transpoint -- a joint venture of Microsoft Corp., First Data Corp., and Citigroup Inc. -- lacked the ability to send payments everywhere. Rival Checkfree Holdings Corp. of Norcross, Ga., has had "pay-anyone" capability since the mid-1980s.

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