Microsoft Announces Agreement With Lan Plus

REDMOND, Wash., July 14, 1999 — Microsoft Corp. today announced an agreement with PC manufacturer Lan Plus Inc. to resell MSN TM Internet Access. The agreement comes on the heels of the June 1999 Inverse Network Technology Benchmark Report, in which MSN Internet Access outranked the competition and received
rankings in all graded categories

“We are excited to team up with Lan Plus to make MSN Internet Access available to its customers”
said Rob Bennett, group product manager for the Consumer and Commerce Group at Microsoft.
“The recent accolades are a result of our investment in the access business, and with agreements like the one with Lan Plus we can help more and more consumers get online and explore the Web.”

As a result of this agreement, Lan Plus, through its ePCdirect division, is offering a promotion for consumers to receive a 400 MHz PC when they sign up for a 36-month contract with MSN Internet Access. Consumers can receive their PC system and the unlimited MSN Internet Access service when they prepay $17.99 a month for the 36-month period. Complete promotion details can be found at .

“Through our agreement with Microsoft, we’re offering our customers innovative programs with top-quality products and services,”
said Bob Anderson, director of business development for Lan Plus.
“We’re excited to offer MSN Internet Access because of its reputation for providing reliable, easy-to-use Internet access for consumers.”

About MSN

MSN Internet Access is part of the MSN network of Internet services from Microsoft that helps people better organize the Web around what’s important to them. 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 get more done. MSN offers award-winning e-mail functionality; personal communications services; wireless services information; 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.

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