U.S. Navy Selects Microsoft Internet Explorer as Primary Browser

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 2, 1996 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the U.S. Navy has selected Microsoft® Internet Explorer as the Web browser for its Navy Internet Kit (NIK). Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.1 for the Windows® operating system
version 3.1 will be included in the NIK, a set of innovative tools custom-designed to help Navy personnel communicate and connect to and use the Internet. As part of the kit, Microsoft Internet Explorer will be made available to more than 600,000 users worldwide. In addition, the Navy plans to distribute Microsoft Internet Explorer for the Macintosh, Windows 95 and UNIX platforms at a later date.

Microsoft Internet Explorer, available today for Windows 3.1, Windows 95, the
Windows NT® operating system and Macintosh platforms, is the Web browser that puts users a step ahead on the Internet. Microsoft Internet Explorer is optimized for each platform, delivering great performance to users.

“Like many customers, the Navy wanted advanced browser capabilities for its entire range of users,”
said Brad Chase, vice president in the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.
“Microsoft’s focus on delivering versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer that are optimized for each platform gives the U.S. Navy what it asked for – great performance and advanced capabilities on the computers its personnel use today. We’re proud to be part of the U.S. Navy’s technology arsenal.”

The optimum performance, small size and customization capabilities of Microsoft Internet Explorer were key determining factors in the Navy’s decision to upgrade the Navy Internet Kit with Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer will allow the Navy to preconfigure the browser with a long list of
“must have”
Web site addresses, including links to popular Navy sites, the U.S. Congress and the executive branch. The integration of Internet technology into the NIK enables the exchange of information between ship and shore facilities across the nation and worldwide.

All versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer are available for no-charge download (other than the cost of online connect time, if any) from the Microsoft Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/ie/ .

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