Coopers & Lybrand Chooses Microsoft Internet Explorer As Standard Browser for Worldwide Intranet

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 7, 1997 — Coopers & Lybrand L.L.P., one of the world’s largest professional services firms, today joined rapidly growing ranks of major corporations by choosing Microsoft® Internet Explorer 3.0 as the standard Web browser for its corporate intranet.

Coopers & Lybrand selected Microsoft Internet Explorer over other Web browsers because Microsoft offered a best-of-breed browser for the Windows® 95 operating system as well as Windows 3.1, the firm’s main platforms. Coopers & Lybrand cited the quality and availability of the cross-platform versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, its rich features and its lower cost of ownership as the key reasons for deployment.

“Microsoft Internet Explorer is the browser of choice for Coopers & Lybrand,”
said Rowan Snyder, chief technology officer at Coopers & Lybrand.
“Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 offers the features we need with good integration with the Windows systems we use today. We believe Microsoft is committed to leadership in browser functionality. And we are also favorably inclined toward Microsoft’s approach to enterprise software management.”

Coopers & Lybrand will roll out Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 to 17,000 desktops in the United States early this year and plans eventually to make Microsoft Internet Explorer available to more than 74,000 Coopers & Lybrand International employees worldwide as they roll out Windows 95.

Coopers & Lybrand has a large installed base of users of Windows 3.1, and availability of a full-featured Windows 3.1-based browser from Microsoft was a critical element in its decision to standardize on Microsoft Internet Explorer. Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows 3.1 requires only 4 MB of memory and a 386-class machine while providing unmatched support for Internet content, including HTML standards such as frames and tables, ActiveX
™Scripting (including the Visual Basic® programming system, Scripting Edition, and JScript
development software, Microsoft’s implementation of JavaScript), and Netscape plug-ins.

“Coopers & Lybrand is one of the world’s leaders in the development of best-practices for management excellence,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, group product manager in the Internet client and collaboration division at Microsoft.
“We’re thrilled that Coopers & Lybrand has joined the growing number of companies choosing Microsoft Internet Explorer for their intranets.”

The advanced technology offered in Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 for Windows 95, such as ActiveX, also played a critical role in Coopers & Lybrand’s selection. Microsoft Internet Explorer is being used within the firm’s Emerging Solutions Group as a way of demonstrating advanced VRML simulations to market its simulation services. Using Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and the Microsoft VRML ActiveX Control, Coopers & Lybrand has been able to develop a VRML-based simulated city as a showcase technology for its expertise in the simulation field.

Microsoft Internet Explorer plays a key role in the Coopers & Lybrand intranet, which provides Coopers & Lybrand’s partners and employees with instant access to the most current information from its many internal databases, including contact information and investment research.

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