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Prodigy enhances Internet offerings; members can get popular Netscape Navigator at no extra charge.

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 31, 1995--Prodigy Services Co. said today it will license Netscape Communications Corp.'s client software products and offer them to PRODIGY service members at no extra charge as an optional way to access the Internet in addition to PRODIGY's own browser.

PRODIGY was the first major online service to offer access to the World Wide Web; the first to allow members to create their own personal Web pages; and the only service with an HTML-based interface that seamlessly integrates PRODIGY and Internet content. The service has received numerous awards for its Internet work, including last week's Information Industry Association/Online Access HotShots Award for the Best Consumer Web Access.

"This alliance brings together Prodigy, the online leader in Internet connectivity, with Netscape, the leader in Internet software products," said Prodigy President Ed Bennett. "With Netscape's assistance, Prodigy will be able to significantly expand the features and services available to our members."

"This agreement will make Netscape Navigator readily available to the broad base of PRODIGY members looking for standards-based Internet solutions," said Jim Barksdale, President and Chief Executive Officer at Netscape. "The Internet is unleashing a new generation of creative interactive applications that were previously limited by platform and network dependencies. The PRODIGY service, combined with Netscape's open software platform will help to deliver these next generation applications to users."

PRODIGY is also the most affordable avenue to the Internet among online services. Under PRODIGY's 30/30 plan, members get 30 hours of PRODIGY and Internet access for $29.95. Occasional surfers can buy 5 hours of combined PRODIGY/Internet access for $9.95.

"We expect to begin distributing Netscape Navigator for PRODIGY Windows users within the next 60 days," said Prodigy Senior Vice President of Operations Gerry Mueller. "A Macintosh version will be added when we launch our new Mac interface in early 1996."

In the future, PRODIGY members will be able to take advantage of many upcoming Netscape features, such as:

-- Enhanced text and graphics, including progressive JPEG images

and streaming audio and video.

-- Live objects, including Java Applets, for real-time

information updating.

-- Support for a broad variety of inline viewers encompassing

photos, audio and video.

-- Windows 95 enhancemens, including drag-and-drop shortcuts.

-- Localized language support for English, French, German and

Japanese.

Prodigy Services Co. is a partnership of IBM and Sears.

CONTACT: Prodigy

Carol Wallace

914/448-2496

wallace@prodigy.com
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