REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 27, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate availability of Microsoft® Internet Explorer Plus, the eagerly awaited retail version of Internet Explorer 4.0. Internet Explorer Plus combines the premier Internet browser with state-of-the-art Internet utilities to offer experienced and new users the best value available. In addition, Internet Explorer Plus provides users with a fast and easy way to get up and running with Internet Explorer 4.0 through the CD installation process.
Microsoft Internet Explorer Plus contains the award-winning Internet Explorer 4.0, the best browser for fast and easy Web surfing; Outlook
™Express for e-mail and newsgroup reading; FrontPage® Express for Web page creation; NetMeeting
conferencing software for real-time application sharing and videoconferencing; and Active Channel
technology for premier Internet content. Internet Explorer Plus also includes the following Internet utilities and offers:
Connected Online Backup from Connected Corp. protects valuable data through automated, encrypted backups to remote servers.
Cyber Patrol from Microsystems Software Inc. enables parents and schools to manage children’s access to Web sites.
VitalSigns Software Inc. monitors, diagnoses and corrects Internet performance problems automatically.
WebScanX from McAfee Associates scans incoming Web content and e-mail for viruses, helping ensure a virus-protected Web-surfing environment.
“Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 in Action” from Microsoft Press teaches users to create state-of-the-art Web pages that exploit the Dynamic HTML technology in Internet Explorer 4.0.
Internet connection offers from AT & T WorldNet and MSN
, The Microsoft Network provide two months of free surfing time, the best Internet connection offer ever in a browser.
“Internet Explorer Plus is the easiest and most complete way to upgrade your Internet browser and e-mail to the award-winning Internet Explorer 4.0 offering,” said Yusuf Mehdi, director of marketing, application and Internet client group at Microsoft. “With its easy Internet Connection Wizard for new users and an exciting power pack of Internet utilities for savvy Web surfers, Internet Explorer Plus is the perfect software holiday gift for your friends and family.”
Internet Explorer Plus includes a collection of valuable components and enhancements to help users make the most of the Web. These components and enhancements include communication components (including Outlook Express and NetMeeting); multimedia components (including Macromedia Shockwave Director and Flash, RealPlayer by Progressive Networks); Web page authoring components (including Microsoft Web Publishing Wizard); and Explorer enhancements such as the Internet Connection Wizard.
To help users to get the most out the Internet, Internet Explorer Plus includes more than $300 in free offerings. For instance, users can get one month free playing time from Microsoft Fighter Ace
, an online game that allows users to battle hundreds of friends from around the world over the Internet using World War II flying planes. Users can also take advantage of one month free of Microsoft Investor, a service that offers users unlimited access to the information needed to manage their investments and make investment decisions.
In addition, Internet Explorer Plus includes exclusive offers from Internet content and hardware leaders such as AirMedia Inc., CBS Sportsline, ESPN, Intuit Inc., MSNBC, Warner Bros., The Cobb Group, Andrea Speech Applications, 3Com Modems and OfficeConnect Modems.
Pricing and Availability
Internet Explorer Plus is available in most of the major computer retail outlets, such as CompUSA, Office Depot and Computer City. (See a complete list at the end of this news release.) The estimated retail price of Internet Explorer Plus is $49. However, for a limited time only, Microsoft is offering a $20 mail-in rebate on all licenses of Internet Explorer Plus (rebate must be received by December 1998). Consumers can also find detailed product information on the Internet Explorer Plus Web site at http://www.microsoft.com/ie/plus/
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Microsoft, Outlook, FrontPage, NetMeeting, Active Channel, Windows NT, Windows and MSN are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.
Other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
The Microsoft Network is operated by Microsoft Corp. on behalf of Microsoft Network LLC.
Above offers good in the United States and Canada only, unless otherwise noted. Offers expire December 31, 1998 unless otherwise noted.
AT & T WorldNet Service offer: New customers who sign up for the unlimited usage plan are eligible to receive the first and fourth months’ service free. This offer is available in the continental United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Not available for Windows NT® . Credit card required. Telephone access and other charges and taxes may apply. Other terms and conditions apply. Offer expires December 31, 1998.
MSN offer: For users of Windows® 95 operating system only. Includes MSN
client software only. You must additionally subscribe to MSN to access the service. Two-month trial offer is available to new members of MSN in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Canada only. A credit card is required. MSN premium charges, access charges (if access is purchased from a provider other than MSN), and local phone and/or long distance toll charges may apply. Access availability may be affected by local market network activity and capacity. Offer expires June 30, 1998.
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Following is a listing of retail outlets offering Internet Explorer Plus nationwide.
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