Microsoft Kicks Off Internet Explorer 4.0 Countdown With Launch Of “Reserve Your Copy Early” Offer

REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 19, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today kicked off the countdown to the Sept. 30,1997, launch of the award-winning Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 with the introduction of the “Reserve Your Copy Early” program. Users can avoid the anticipated download demand and be among the first to receive the next-generation Internet client from Microsoft. Internet Explorer 4.0 brings users “The Web the Way You Want It” by combining the premier Internet browser, complete communication and collaboration, innovative Active Channel
content, and true Web integration.

Microsoft experienced unprecedented demand for preview versions of Internet Explorer 4.0, with over 1 million copies of Internet Explorer 4.0 Preview 2 downloaded within the first 10 days it was available. The “Reserve Your Copy Early” program is designed to make it easier for customers to obtain Internet Explorer 4.0. This limited-time offer provides a convenient way for users to preorder, ensuring they are among the first to receive a Commemorative Edition of Internet Explorer 4.0 on CD-ROM scheduled to be sent directly from Microsoft on Sept. 30, 1997, when the product first becomes publicly available.

The Commemorative Edition Internet Explorer 4.0 CD-ROM includes the final release of Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for the Windows® 95 and Windows NT® version 4.0 operating systems and over $100 (U.S.) in offers from CBS SportsLine, ESPN SportsZone, NBC, Warner Bros., Intuit Inc., MSNBC, Microsoft Investor, U.S. Robotics Corp., Connectix Corp. and Andrea Electronics. Additional details about the promotional offers can be found at .

The Commemorative Edition Internet Explorer 4.0 CD-ROM is available for ordering from Microsoft at until Sept. 19, 1997, for $4.95 U.S. or $13.95 Canadian (covers cost of goods and shipping and handling). The final release of Internet Explorer 4.0 for Windows 95 and Windows NT will be available for free download at (connect-time charges may apply) beginning Sept. 30, 1997. Additional information about Microsoft Internet Explorer can also be found at that site.

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