MSN Expands ISDN Offering, Connecting Users Via One of the Fastest, Largest ISDN Networks Available

Dual-Channel Access Now Available

REDMOND, Wash., June 5, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that MSN
™
, The Microsoft Network, is the first Internet online service to offer high-speed, dual-channel ISDN access to MSN and the Internet. With more than 239 dual-channel points of presence (POPs) in the United States and 448 single-channel POPs internationally, MSN provides its members access via one of the largest ISDN networks available. Dual-channel access using Multilink Protocol allows two channels of an ISDN line to work simultaneously to transfer data between client and server, providing users with compelling multimedia-rich content and services at speeds up to eight times that of a 14.4 modem connection.

“MSN is dedicated to providing its members with the latest technology and highest-quality access to the Internet,”
said Larry Cohen, group product manager of The Microsoft Network.
“With our rich content, active community and broad dual-channel ISDN access, MSN offers one of the richest ISDN Internet experiences available today.”

In addition to the existing MSN pricing plans, Microsoft offers three pricing plans for dual-channel ISDN access. When members choose the dual-channel access plan, they get improved performance as well as all the benefits of MSN, including full Internet access; rich content such as MSN News and Microsoft® Encarta®
Online; and all basic services of MSN including e-mail, BBSs and V-Chat
™
communications.

MSN Pricing With Dual-Channel ISDN Access

  • Standard Monthly Plan. $4.95 per month includes 90 minutes; each additional hour is $5.

  • Annual Plan. $49.95 per year includes 90 minutes per month; each additional hour is $5.

  • Frequent-User Monthly Plan. $19.95 per month includes 10 hours; each additional hour is $4.

MSN members can also choose to access the service using single-channel ISDN and will be charged only the single-channel rate.

MSN Pricing With Modem Speeds up to 28.8 Kbps and Single-Channel ISDN Access

  • Standard Monthly Plan. $4.95 per month includes three hours of usage; each additional hour costs $2.50.

  • Annual Plan. $49.95 per year includes three hours of usage per month; each additional hour costs $2.50.

  • Frequent-User Monthly Plan. $19.95 per month includes 20 hours of usage; each additional hour costs $2.

MSN is working with leading ISDN adapter manufacturers to ensure high-quality connectivity to MSN and the Internet. MSN supports dual-channel access using several ISDN adapters for the Windows® 95 operating system including 3Com® Impact, Motorola®
BitSurfr Pro, and USR Sportster 128k. This list is continually updated; the most current information on adapters and routers is located at http://www.MSN.com/about/isdn/.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
“MSFT”
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, MSN, Encarta, V-Chat and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

3Com is a registered trademark of 3Com Corp.

Motorola is a registered trademark of Motorola Inc.

The Microsoft Network is operated by Microsoft Corp. on behalf of Microsoft Network LLC.

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