NETSCAPE WEB BROWSER LINKED TO COMPUSERVE.
Netscape Communications Corp. broadened the reach of its popular Navigator World Wide Web browser program Friday by entering into a distribution agreement with CompuServe Inc., the world's second-largest on-line computer service.
Users of Macintosh and Windows-based computers who subscribe to CompuServe or its separate Internet access provider, Sprynet, will be able to download Navigator at no charge beginning in the spring.
Jeff Shafer, spokesman for the Columbus-based subsidiary of H&R Block Inc., said CompuServe's goal always has been to provide its subscribers with the most comprehensive array of options possible.
"We want to give our users the broadest choice in the industry," Shafer said. He added that CompuServe would welcome any company that develops a popular Internet browser, if subscribers ask for it.
Mike Homer, Netscape marketing director, said he expected the deal to vastly increase the company's sales of other products, such as secured transaction software for on-line shopping.