Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 Beta 1 Download Demand Overwhelming

Company Apologizes for Delay, Adds Download Links

REDMOND, Wash. —
, June 6, 1996 — Due to unprecedented download demand for beta 1 of Microsoft®
Internet Explorer version 3.0, Microsoft Corp. has added 20 download links, bringing the total number of domestic and international download links for Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 beta 1 to more than 40. This move will make it easier for customers to quickly download Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and avoid the slowdown caused by the high demand. In addition, Microsoft is encouraging users to download Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 during off-hours, generally before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m. on weekdays. Users can download Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 beta 1 for no charge (other than the cost of download time) from the Microsoft Web site at

“Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 represents a step ahead for users and developers,”
said Brad Chase, general manager in the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.
“We are gratified by the overwhelming customer interest in Microsoft Internet Explorer and are working hard to update our systems to keep pace with demand. We apologize for any delays customers have experienced.”

More users have downloaded the software at no charge from Microsoft-sponsored sites and than any other Microsoft product.

As an additional service, Microsoft has set up download areas with popular shareware sites such as, run by C|net, and To date, Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 beta 1 has been the most popular download application at these sites.

According to the company, more than 500 Internet service providers and more than 8,000 Web sites have agreed to distribute or display the Microsoft Internet Explorer logo with their products and services.

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