WOW! FROM COMPUSERVE GOES LIVE TODAY
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- CompuServe today announced the availability of WOW!, its new online service built specifically for at-home computer users. WOW! offers each household member easy access to information, entertainment and communication combined with the flexibility to customize and control the online experience. Each WOW! subscription supports six user accounts -- each with its own e-mail address -- for an unprecedented flat monthly rate of $17.95 for unlimited access to WOW! and easy access to the Internet.
"It's time for consumers to have an online service built expressly for them," said Robert J. Massey, president and chief executive officer of CompuServe Incorporated. "WOW! from CompuServe offers all the power the at-home user needs to surf the Internet, send and receive e-mail and make learning fun for kids, all for a price that is predictable."
WOW!'s many features include distinct online views for grown-ups and children, easy electronic mail, seamless Internet access (via a WOW!- branded version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer) and multimedia sound and motion. The kids view of WOW! incorporates strong parental controls for Internet access as well as mail delivery. The kids view does not provide chat rooms nor electronic shopping.
WOW! includes superior, 24-hour, toll-free customer care, available 365 days a year. Users also can get answers to their questions by going online and visiting the member service chat or message areas. In addition, the service offers an unprecedented, dedicated customer support staff for kids.
Distributed exclusively via CD-ROM, WOW! fully embraces and comprehensively integrates multimedia content and graphics. WOW! content providers include Entertainment Drive, Hearst HomeArts, National Geographic, Travelocity, On Location Education, Charles Schwab and Sports Illustrated For Kids. The current service operates on Windows 95; a Macintosh version will be available in the fall. To obtain a copy of WOW!, please call 1-800-9GETWOW.
CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE: HRB) company. Founded in 1955, H&R Block is a diversified services company and the world's leader in tax preparation and online information services. H&R Block Tax Services handled almost one in every seven returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service in 1995, serving 17.1 million taxpayers in more than 9,500 offices worldwide. CompuServe operates the most comprehensive online network in the world, providing services to more than 950 corporate accounts and more than 4.7 million users in 185 countries.
WOW! from CompuServe, is a service mark of CompuServe Incorporated.
-0- 3/25/96 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Photo of WOW! screen shot available. Feed time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m. Coordinates: C-Band: Galaxy (C) 4/Transponder 7./
/CONTACT: Rich Baker, 614-7l7-4625, or Debra Young, 614-7l7-4688, both of CompuServe Incorporated; or Matt Wolfrom of Porter-Novelli, 212-872-8190/
/Photos available via Wieck Photo Database, 214-392-0888/
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