MSN Announces New Customized Version of Internet Explorer 5;Free Download Available at

REDMOND, Wash., March 18, 1999 — MSN
™today announced Microsoft® Internet Explorer by MSN. This customized version of Microsoft’s newest browser incorporates the latest advances of Internet Explorer 5 while enhancing it with the MSN suite of productivity tools and services that allow users to get more done on the Web. Internet Explorer 5 by MSN will be available for free on the Web at (connect-time charges may apply).

Internet Explorer 5 by MSN provides quick and convenient access to the MSN network of Internet Services, allowing users to spend less time searching for information and more time getting things done. For example, the customized version includes preset links in the toolbar that provide convenient access to MSN services that help users check the news, read e-mail, track their stocks, check local weather, get travel deals and more, as well as integration with MSN Search and as the home page.

MSN Innovates With Saved Results in MSN Search

MSN is the first portal to offer Saved Results, building its search offering to take full advantage of Internet Explorer 5 technologies. When Internet Explorer 5 users search the Web with MSN Search, they can maintain a list of relevant results using the Saved Results feature, which deposits any designated search results into a file for later use. Saved Results acts like an Internet scratch pad, allowing users the flexibility to continue surfing or go offline and return to the same search results. Because Saved Results utilizes the advanced support for Extensible Markup Language (XML) in Internet Explorer 5 instead of
data can be kept private on the user’s hard drive.

Internet Explorer 5 Makes Using the Web Faster and Easier

Internet Explorer 5 by MSN helps users save time by utilizing the innovative IntelliSense® technology built into the latest version of Internet Explorer. IntelliSense provides built-in automation for the most common tasks on the Web:

  • Fills in forms on the Web automatically, so users don’t have to retype each time they return to a previously visited site

  • Allows users to search directly from the Address Bar and displays results in one easy-to-understand page

  • Corrects misspellings in Web addresses automatically and helps fill in Web addresses for previiously visited sites

Internet Explorer 5 by MSN makes using the Web simpler than ever, with deep usability improvements within the browser that result in a clean, intuitive interface. Specific enhancements include the following:

  • The user interface is consistent across the browser and applications such as Microsoft Office.

  • Friendly error messages that include recommendations replace standard error messages.

  • Entire Web pages, including images, can be used offline through the ability to save complete Web pages.

About MSN

MSN is the network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people get stuff done on the Web. The network of MSN services, located on the Web at ( ), helps people easily stay in touch with friends and colleagues, make smart and secure purchasing decisions, and organize the Web around what’s important to them. MSN offers award-winning

e-mail functionality; personal communications services; customizable access to news; popular sites for travel, investing, automotive services, shopping and more; an online community; a Web search engine and directories; and top-rated Internet access.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq
) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, MSN and IntelliSense 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.

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