For Immediate Release
Jim Adamson, (650) 937-6496
NEW VERSION OF AWARD-WINNING NETSCAPE COMMUNICATOR NOW AVAILABLE
Includes Enhanced Instant Messaging with Group Chat and Quick Access to
Stock Quotes via Netcenter Finance Channel
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (March 9, 1999) - Netscape Communications
Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced the release of Netscape
Communicator 4.51, the latest version of Netscape's award winning
Internet mail and browsing software. When users download Netscape
Communicator 4.51, they receive AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) 2.0, for
real-time, person-to-person and group conversations with friends, family
The new release also features Quotes Anywhere, a new capability of Smart
Browsing™ that lets users access stock quotes from anywhere on the
Net via the Netcenter Finance Channel. Version 4.51 builds on the huge
momentum of Netscape Communicator 4.5, which was released in October,
1998, and continues to garner awards and recognition from consumers and
key publications including InfoWorld, TechWeb, Mac Home Journal and
"Netscape Communicator 4.51, our highest quality browser to date,
delivers new functions to our users that will let them communicate with
friends, family and associates easily, and access stock quotes quickly,"
said Bob Lisbonne, senior vice president of client products at Netscape.
"We attribute the recent accolades from readers and editors to the high
quality and innovative product features Communicator brings to
consumers, helping them find what they want on the Web both faster and
Netscapes latest client software release with AIM 2.0, Quotes Anywhere
and improved quality and reliability is available free for immediate
download from Netscape Netcenter at http://home.netscape.com/download/.
AOL Instant Messenger 2.0 with Buddy Chat allows users to send real time
text messages and Web links to friends either on a one-to-one basis or
as a group. Additional features include Search, to help individuals use
the Web and locate friends, family and business associates by name,
email address or common interest; Neighborhood Watch, privacy controls
for sending private messages while choosing who can "see you" online and
one-click buttons to connect users to other Netscape Netcenter services.
Quotes Anywhere is a new capability of Smart Browsing that provides
users with up-to-date stock prices by simply typing the word "quote",
followed by a ticker symbol. If a user has a personal finance portfolio
hosted on Netscape Netcenter, either on the Personal Finance Channel or
via MyNetscape, they can simply type "my stocks" in to the locator field
and quotes for the entire portfolio are displayed.
Netscape Communicator 4.51 also delivers improved quality, stability and
improved security services to users. In addition to several performance
enhancements, this release corrects potential security vulnerabilities
reported in recent months by independent programmers.
A number of editors and readers agree that Netscape Communicator is the
top choice today for Internet mail and browsing. Recent awards for
Netscape Communicator 4.5 include:
InfoWorld, 1998 Product of the Year Awards- Internet/intranet tools
category - Netscape Communicator 4.5.
MacHome Magazine, February 1999 Readers' Survey Netscape
Navigator voted Best Web Browser for the second year in a row;
Netscape Communicator also voted Best Email application.
TechWeb Readers Choice Best of 1998 Most Innovative Software:
Netscape Communicator 4.5.
Computer Currents 1998 Readers' Choice Awards - Web Browser-
PC Magazines - The Best Internet Software and Sites of 1998
(Netscape Communicator 4.5)
PC Magazines Readers' Choice for Service & Reliability in Software
(Web Browsers) category - Netscape Navigator (All Versions)
InfoWorlds - Best of 20 Years, 20th Anniversary issue
The Linux Journals, Annual Editor's Choice Award for Product of
the Year (Netscape Communicator).
The Computing Journals - "Most Significant Software Application of
the Last 25 Years (Netscape Navigator)."
Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading provider of software
and services for businesses that want to transform the way they create
and keep customers in the emerging Net Economy. The company offers a
full line of enterprise software solutions, professional services, and a
leading Internet portal to help companies build, buy or outsource
Internet applications that drive revenue growth, build customer loyalty,
and create new levels of business efficiency. Traded on NASDAQ under the
symbol NSCP, Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain
Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is
available on the Internet at http://home.netscape.com, by sending email
to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 650/937-2555 (corporate sales).
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