Mail Boxes Etc. Selects Microsoft Internet Explorer For Its Public Points of Internet Access

REDMOND, Wash., Dec. 10, 1997 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Mail Boxes Etc. (MBE) has selected Microsoft® Internet Explorer 4.0 as its browser software of choice for Internet access. MBE chose Internet Explorer because of its useful features, including customization and personalization.

The world’s largest franchiser of retail service centers specializing in business, postal and communications services, MBE will make Internet Explorer available to customers at computer workstations in participating MBE centers. The in-center computer workstations are currently being introduced throughout the United States. In addition to providing Internet access, the workstations will feature Microsoft Office software. MBE’s current goal is to have 2,000 in-center computer workstations placed in North America within the upcoming calendar year.

Mail Boxes Etc. will also use Internet Explorer in MBE Business Express
, a joint venture product with USA Technologies Inc. Launched last month, the self-serve business centers provide users with access to Internet Explorer at convenient locations throughout the United States. MBE Business Express features 24-hour, credit-card-activated business systems for workers and consumers who need quick access to personal computers with Internet and
e-mail access, printers, copiers and fax machines.

“Microsoft is excited to work with companies like Mail Boxes Etc., which are committed to bringing the power of the Web to new users in convenient and cost-effective ways,” said Yusuf Mehdi, director of marketing in the applications and Internet client group at Microsoft. “By making Internet Explorer available, Mail Boxes Etc. will provide its customers with the easiest and fastest solution for accessing the vast amounts of information on the Internet.”

“Mail Boxes Etc. is committed to providing services tailored to the needs of small-business workers and road warriors,” said James H. Amos Jr., president and CEO of Mail Boxes Etc. “Having Internet access available at MBE centers and in other convenient locations is particularly important to today’s workers. We anticipate additional uses for Microsoft Internet Explorer as we continue to develop technology-based services for our customers.”

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