Microsoft Internet Explorer Designated as Default Browser for AT&T WorldNet Service

AT & T and Microsoft today announced that customers ordering AT & T WorldNet(sm) Service and using the Microsoft® Windows® 95 operating system now have a new choice in pre-configured browsers – Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0. In addition, those buying new computers will find AT & T WorldNet Service included in Windows 95, along with the browser.

AT & T also announced that it has designated Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 as the default browser for AT & T WorldNet Service.

AT & T said that AT & T WorldNet Service software is included in versions of Windows 95 now being delivered to computer manufacturers. The majority of computers with Windows 95 delivered during the holiday season are expected to include AT & T WorldNet Service. Anyone with a computer using Windows 95 with pre-installed AT & T WorldNet Service can reach the service with a single mouse-click, thus avoiding the need to install access software separately. Finding AT & T WorldNet Service within Windows 95 is easy — it’s prominently displayed in the Windows Online Services Folder.

A preconfigured version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 is available immediately for users of Microsoft Windows 95. Similarly, a preconfigured version of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for AT & T WorldNet Service will be offered for users of Windows 3.1 and Macintosh soon after Microsoft releases version 3.0 of the browser for these platforms. Microsoft expects to enter beta testing of the Macintosh and Windows 3.1-versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 shortly.

The popular Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 offers users an easy, exciting way to browse the Internet, and provides developers with a technically advanced platform for creating Web sites. Innovative Internet conferencing, collaboration and browser customization makes Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 an excellent browser for users.

Users may still request other browsers offered by AT & T, and AT & T WorldNet Service is compatible with all browsers and applications using standard Internet protocols.

“An important part of bringing the Internet to everyone is making Internet access easy, convenient and available for as many people as possible,”
said Tom Evslin, vice president, AT & T WorldNet Service.
“Users now will find that everything they need to sign up for AT & T WorldNet Service is pre-loaded on their new computers, along with the Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 browser.”

AT & T WorldNet Service also can be found on Microsoft Internet Referral Server, which enables Microsoft customers to choose and subscribe to an Internet service provider.

Windows 95 with pre-installed AT & T WorldNet Service will be available in retail outlets later this year.

“AT & T WorldNet Service is one of the largest Internet Service providers worldwide, and we’re excited about making the service available to the millions of people who use Windows,”
said Brad Chase, vice president, Developer Relations and Marketing, Internet Platform and Tools Division at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 has been recognized by the industry as an excellent browser and we believe that the combination of AT & T WorldNet Service and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 is a great solution for customers.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft 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. For more information, visit the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web site at .

AT & T WorldNet Service offers directories and topical areas to help people find useful information, guided tours for newcomers, navigational aids for users of all skill levels, and electronic mail. AT & T WorldNet Service will work with most of today’s popular browsers, but offers a preconfigured version of Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator for the convenience of customers.

Under AT & T’s free trial offer, AT & T long distance customers who sign up for AT & T WorldNet Service in 1996 have free access to the Internet for the first five hours each month for a year as long as they use the service one hour each month. Customers pay $2.50 for each hour beyond the five.

Under a separate plan, AT & T long distance customers may opt for a flat monthly rate of $19.95 for unlimited access. Customers separately pay telephone or 800 access charges for dialing into the service. For more information, preview the AT & T WorldNet web site at (

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