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AMERICA ONLINE IS FIRST CONSUMER ONLINE SERVICE TO INTRODUCE WINDOWS VERSION

 VIENNA, Va., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMER), today announced general availability of America Online for Windows, a full-featured, icon-based service that targets the rapidly expanding market of Windows users. The company said that the product is now available through both direct and retail channels and can be obtained by attending the Windows & OS/2 Conference in San Jose.
 "America Online for Windows is the latest example of the company's commitment to embrace new standards and technologies. As the first consumer online service to announce general availability of a Windows version, we are extending our America Online offering to a potential market of nearly 10 million Windows users," said Steve Case, president of America Online.
 America Online for Windows incorporates the powerful features of popular Windows applications including pull down menus, 3-D icons, tiling and cascading, multitasking, resizing, minimizing and more -- making America Online familiar and easy to use.
 The America Online for Windows Flashbar, a series of colorful icons, provides America Online members with quick, direct access to many of America Online's most popular services including top news stories, stock quotes and Download Manager. America Online departments can also be directly accessed from the Flashbar.
 A new Mobile Access feature will allow for more convenient access to America Online for those members who travel. This unique feature allows members to select and store multiple phone numbers for their most frequented destinations. With a quick click of the mouse, the appropriate local number will be dialed to reach America Online from any of over 700 cities in the United States.
 America Online for Windows also incorporates many of the popular features that have led to the success of America Online's DOS and Mac-based services:
 -- The Download Manager, a tool to store selected files from any of over 30,000 software files across the service for downloading at any time. The Download Manager also allows users to decompress files automatically or restart a canceled download where it left off.
 -- Popular communications features include an international electronic mail gateway that enables members to communicate with family and business associates via popular e-mail services such as AT&T Mail, Sprint Mail, Compuserve and Internet. Enhancements to America Online's real-time interactive chat and instant message interfaces can also be found.
 Sound is also available to America Online for Windows users. Members can send sounds while chatting (participating in an interactive session) with other members and hear when a download is complete or when a piece of mail arrives in their mailbox.
 -- Members of America Online for Windows will also find rich online and offline help to assist them in their explorations. Help includes extensive information about America Online for Windows' new features and services complete with the ability to search help with a few key words and graphical representations of key areas.
 -- America Online for Windows software is now available at the Windows & OS/2 conference, or can be obtained by calling 800-827-6364 or visiting computer retail and book stores across the country.
 America Online, Inc., is the leading independent provider of online services to consumers in the United States. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services, including the popular Windows forum and software libraries filled with over 30,000 programs, electronic mail, conferencing, news, sports, weather, stock quotes, software, computing support and online classes. These services can be accessed from a broad range of personal computers using America Online's proprietary icon-based windowing software. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Apple, Microsoft, and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial stock offering in March 1992.
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 /NOTE: America Online is a registered service mark of America Online, Inc. Download Manager and Flashbar are trademarks of America Online, Inc. Certain other names are trademarks of their respective holders./
 /CONTACT: Lyn Chitow of America Online, 703-883-1502/
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