Major Corporations Select Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 As Standard Browser

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 4, 1996 — Major corporations representing a variety of industries are turning to Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 3.0 as their standard browser for both intranet and Internet functionality. Microsoft Corp. today reported that the latest corporations to adopt the highly acclaimed Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 include Arthur Andersen, Sprint PCS and Compaq Computer Corp.

Corporations are choosing Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 because it provides better integration with their existing systems, greater security and customization, and broader Internet and intranet functionality. These capabilities, combined with ease of use, make Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 an important technology for building corporate intranet and Internet solutions.

“Microsoft Internet Explorer is the best browser for business,”
said Brad Chase, vice president, developer relations and marketing, Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Internet Explorer is cross-platform, award-winning and free. It seamlessly integrates with what businesses use today, and with the free (plus shipping and handling) Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit, we make it much easier for customers to install and customize Microsoft Internet Explorer to their hearts’ content.”

One of those corporations is Arthur Andersen, a leading multidisciplinary professional services organization with more than 47,000 personnel in 79 countries, which assists clients in improving their business performance. To enhance its own business performance, Arthur Andersen has deployed Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and a full suite of Microsoft Internet development products in delivering its global intranet KnowledgeSpace SM , the integrated repository of Arthur Andersen knowledge across all of its disciplines and services. Using its client-consulting experience, Arthur Andersen’s Business Consultants created KnowledgeSpace to enhance its worldwide knowledge sharing and initially brought online the Global Best Practices (GBP) Knowledge Base, a compilation of best practices for key business processes to benefit clients.

“Intranets are a great solution to enhance knowledge sharing, especially for mobile professionals,”
said Charles H. Ketteman, managing partner, Arthur Andersen’s Business Consulting Practice.

As with all clients, our business consulting professionals evaluated our specific business needs before determining the software solution. The KnowledgeSpace functionality and development objectives were achieved using Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, Internet Information Server (IIS) 3.0, Microsoft SQL Server
™version 6.5 and Windows NT® 4.0.”

Sprint PCS, which is building the nation’s first 100-percent-digital nationwide Personal Communication Services network, chose Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 over other popular browsers for its 3,500-seat corporate intranet. The company uses Microsoft Internet Explorer both for intranet and Internet access as part of a Microsoft solution that also includes
Windows NT Server, applications in the Microsoft BackOffice
family, Microsoft Exchange Server and Microsoft Systems Management Server. Through the use of the Microsoft Internet Explorer Administration Kit, Sprint PCS was able to customize and quickly deploy the browser to assist with its everyday communication.

“Our employees need to access corporate information on a daily basis, and Microsoft Internet Explorer allows us to create a customized environment for information access while minimizing the need for training and support,”
said Stacy L. Wilson, ABC, senior manager of internal and electronic communications at Sprint PCS.
“We also wanted a browser that would seamlessly integrate with the rest of our applications suite, and Microsoft Internet Explorer was the clear choice.”

Compaq Computer also selected Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 to gain full Internet and intranet functionality. The 15,000-employee corporate intranet, called Compaq Inline, allows the company to quickly localize and distribute information and respond to internal issues.

“Compaq’s corporate intranet solutions protect the company’s investment in computing and networking resources by allowing existing systems to access a broad array of corporate resources,”
said Fred Jones, vice president, information services, Compaq Computer Corp.
“To enhance the long-term value of its corporate intranet, Compaq has standardized on the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser for its employees.”

Currently, Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 is available for the Windows® 95 operating system. Versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows version 3.1 and Macintosh are in beta testing and are scheduled to be available by the end of the year. A version for UNIX is scheduled to be in beta version by the end of 1996 and shipping product is scheduled to be available in early 1997.

Customers can obtain the Internet Explorer Adminstration Kit from Microsoft for free ($20 US shipping and handling charges apply) by completing the online request form at . (connect time charges may apply). For more information about Microsoft Internet Explorer, visit

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 the full power of personal computing every day.

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

KnowledgeSpace is a service mark of Arthur Andersen.

Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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