Microsoft Licenses ForeFront Technology To Ease Information Gathering From the Internet

REDMOND, Wash., July 16, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has teamed with ForeFront, a developer and marketer of Internet technologies, to integrate ForeFront’s graphical bookmarking tool, GrabNet
™2.0, into a number of Microsoft® desktop applications for the Windows® 95 operating system.

GrabNet 2.0 is an Internet scrapbook that enables personal computer users to easily gather, organize and reuse information from the World Wide Web. GrabNet works with most existing Internet browsers. With GrabNet, users can drag and drop data from the Internet, including text, images and URLs, into personal collections of folders on their PCs. With a click of the mouse, users can copy information from these collections to their own projects while maintaining links to the sources of the information on the Web.

“This is great technology that helps students or anyone doing research to make use of the large amounts of information available on the Internet,”
said Dawn Trudeau, general manager of the consumer productivity business unit at Microsoft.
“Our goal is to integrate GrabNet’s functionality tightly into appropriate Microsoft applications, making the Internet more useful as an information resource for customers.”

Microsoft’s specific plans for using GrabNet will be announced at a later date.

This agreement marks the second time Microsoft has licensed ForeFront technology. Last February, ForeFront’s WebWhacker
1.0, a content delivery and offline browsing application, was included in the Microsoft Internet Jump Start CD for educators, a set of products and tools for exploring and publishing on the Internet that was made available at no cost to schools for kindergarten through grade 12.

“Forefront’s Internet technology has broad applications that are ideal for Microsoft’s diverse customer base,”
said David Sikora, president and CEO of ForeFront.
“We are committed to developing and marketing best-of-breed applications for Internet productivity, and we are pleased to provide GrabNet functionality to Microsoft applications.”

An innovator with a history of firsts in the Internet marketplace, The ForeFront Group Inc. (NASDAQ
) develops and markets software products that enable users to be more productive on networks. With headquarters in Houston and offices in Austin, Texas; Palo Alto, Calif.; Salt Lake City; and San Diego, Calif., ForeFront’s customer base includes Fortune 50 companies, government agencies and universities in 34 countries.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ
) 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 personal computing every day.

Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

GrabNet and WebWhacker are trademarks of The ForeFront Group Inc.

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