Owens Corning Selects Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 For Enterprisewide Internet and Intranet Solution

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 14, 1997 — Citing the superior technology available in Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 including Active Channel
content, the Active Desktop
interface and Dynamic HTML Owens Corning Corp. today joined an impressive group of corporations that have selected Internet Explorer version 4.0 as their enterprisewide Internet and intranet solution. The company plans to roll out Internet Explorer 4.0 to more than 9,000 desktops at its facilities worldwide in the coming year.

Owens Corning has taken advantage of Internet Explorer technologies to develop key business applications, including the company’s GlobaLink intranet. GlobaLink takes advantage of ActiveX
technologies to provide Owens Corning employees enterprisewide access to a wide range of information, including product documentation, company policies, health and safety regulations, plant maintenance data, human resources programs and postings, and IS problem reports. Owens Corning is now enhancing the existing GlobaLink intranet to take advantage of new Internet Explorer 4.0 technologies, such as Active Channel content and the Active Desktop, to proactively deliver business-critical information directly to employees’ desktops.

“It’s virtually impossible to overstate the advantage of our ability to place live information on users’ desktops quickly, efficiently and in a manner that requires little or no effort on their part,”
said Shane O’Neill, IT service manager of Internet/intranet at Owens Corning.
“Our past success in building solutions like GlobaLink, which is based on Internet Explorer technologies, made our decision to standardize on the latest version of the browser very easy.”

Owens Corning also plans to take advantage of Microsoft Internet Explorer’s Dynamic HTML support to give its users a rich, interactive interface to enterprise information. Its use of Dynamic HTML also will improve client and network performance on the intranet by allowing employees to manipulate intranet data directly on their PCs without repeated visits to the server.

“Owens Corning’s GlobaLink intranet is a great example of how businesses are using Internet Explorer 4.0 to improve end-user information access and productivity,”
said Yusuf Mehdi, director of marketing, application and Internet client group at Microsoft.
“Good news travels fast – over 2,000 companies have already licensed the Internet Explorer Administration Kit 4.0 to jump-start their intranet development.”

Owens Corning joins a wide range of leading corporations now standardizing on Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 as their enterprise Internet and intranet platform, including

Bechtel Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp., Countrywide Home Loans Inc., Dell Computer Corp., Ernst & Young LLP, General Mills, Mellon Bank Corp., Merrill Lynch, Monsanto Co., Ontario Hydro, Reynolds Metals Co., Nabisco, Shell Services Co., Siemens Energy and Automation Inc., Sprint PCS, The Dow Chemical Co., Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. and Wheat First Butcher Singer.

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 for the Microsoft Windows® 95 and Windows NT® operating systems is available now. Final versions for the Windows 3.1 and Apple Macintosh operating systems are scheduled for availability within 90 days, and a version for UNIX is

scheduled for the first quarter of 1998. Prerelease versions of Internet Explorer 4.0 for the Windows 3.1 and Macintosh operating systems are currently available for downloading by developers and technical evaluators from http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/ .

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EDITORS’ NOTE, December 30, 2004
— This page has been revised since original publication.

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