AOL, Microsoft Announce Far-Reaching Strategic Partnership – Stories

LinktoConferenceCallTranscriptMarch12th

SANFRANCISCO,March12,1996AmericaOnlineInc。

(AOL)andMicrosoftCorp。

todayannouncedafar-reachingtechnologyandstrategicpartnership。

AOLhasagreedtomakeMicrosoftInternetExplorerthestandard,built-inWebbrowserforitsmorethan5millioncustomers。

MicrosoftwillgiveusersoftheWindows95operatingsystemeasyaccesstotheAmericaOnline

serviceviaafolderontheWindows95desktop。

AOLagreedtoseamlesslyintegrateMicrosoftInternetExplorerintoitsclientsoftwareforWindows95,Windows3。

1andtheMacintosh

andtotransitionits5millioncustomerstothenewsoftware。

Thecompaniesalsoagreedtoconductjointmarketingandcooperativeengineeringactivities。

Werecommittedtoembracingthebesttechnologiesandtoolsforthebenefitofourmorethan5millionAOLmembers,

saidSteveCase,chairmanandCEOofAmericaOnline。

ThatswhywereexcitedtomakeMicrosoftInternetExplorerourstandardintegratedbrowserforAOLmembers。

AmericaOnlinehascreatedthemostsuccessfulconsumeronlineexperienceandweareexcitedaboutmakingthisavailabletothemillionsofpeoplewhouseWindows,

saidBillGates,chairmanandCEOofMicrosoft。

ThisagreementintegratesInternetExplorerintoAOLsclientsoftware,reachingmorethan5millionusers。

Underthepact,MicrosoftwillincorporatetheAOLclientintoWindows95andfutureversionsofWindowsstartingthissummer,makingiteasilyaccessibleviaafolderonthe

Windows95desktop。

AOLwillalsotakeadvantageofMicrosoftextensions,especiallytheopen,cross-platformActiveXTechnologies,whicharedesignedtobringanewgenerationofactivecontentincludinganimation,3-DvirtualrealityandvideototheInternet。

AmericaOnlineplanstorolloutMicrosoftInternetExplorertoallofitscurrentandnewmembersstartingwiththereleaseofInternetExplorer3。

0thissummer。

AOLhasalsoagreedtoprovideitsmemberswithupgradestoInternetExplorerasMicrosoftmakesthemavailable。

OuragreementwithAOLisatremendouswin-winforconsumersandtheindustry,

saidGates。

Now,thetwoleadingbrowserswillcompetehead-to-headtooffercustomersinnovativeInternettechnology。

AndwiththeActiveXTechnologiesweannouncedattheInternetProfessionalDevelopersConferenceheretoday,independentdevelopersandpublisherscanmoreeasilycreatecompellingactiveInternetcontent。

Aspartofacross-licensingagreement,MicrosoftwilllicensetheARTcompressiontechnologiesofJohnson-Grace,afullyownedsubsidiaryofAmericaOnline。

Insteadofdealingwithdifferentcompressionformatsforphotos,graphics,streamingaudioandMIDI,developerscanusetheARTformattoproducehighlycompressedfilesthatwillplayonAOLandInternetWebsitesatverylowbandwidth。

AmericaOnlineInc。

(Nasdaq

AMER

),basedinVienna,Va。

isthelargestandfastest-growingproviderofonlineservicesintheworld。

AOLoffersitsmorethanfivemillionsubscribersawidevarietyofservices,includingelectronicmail,conferencing,software,computingsupport,interactivemagazinesandnewspapersandonlineclasses,aswellaseasyandaffordableaccesstoservicesoftheInternet。

AOLhasaglobalworkforceconsistingofmorethan4,000people。

Foundedin1985,AOLhasestablishedstrategicallianceswithdozensofcompanies,includingTimeWarner,ABC,Knight-Ridder,Tribune,Hachette,IBMandAmericanExpress。

PersonalcomputerownerscanobtainAmericaOnlinesoftwareatmajorretailersandbookstoresorbycalling(800)827-6364。

Foundedin1975,Microsoft(NASDAQ

MSFT

)istheworldwideleaderinsoftwareforpersonalcomputers。

Thecompanyoffersawiderangeofproductsandservicesforbusinessandpersonaluse,eachdesignedwiththemissionofmakingiteasierandmoreenjoyableforpeopletotakeadvantageofthefullpowerofpersonalcomputingeveryday。

Microsoft,WindowsandMSNareeitherregisteredtrademarksortrademarksofMicrosoftCorp。

intheUnitedStatesand/orothercountries。

AmericaOnlineisaregisteredtrademarkofAmericaOnlineInc。