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AMERICA ONLINE, EXPANDS SUPPORT OF NEW CONSUMER DEVICES;

 Sharp Electronics to Pre-Install America Online
 on New Personal Information Assistant
 VIENNA, Va., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- America Online, Inc. (NASDAQ-NMS: AMER), announced plans to expand its support of next generation consumer devices through an alliance with Sharp Electronics. The company announced that the palmtop edition of America Online will be pre-installed into Sharp's new PT-9000 Personal Information Assistant starting this fall.
 This marks the third agreement between America Online and a leading manufacturer of next-generation electronic devices. In January, America Online became the first online service to embrace palmtop computers when it announced a bundling agreement with Tandy and Casio's Zoomer PDA. Previously the company announced an agreement with Apple to use America Online's technology for Apple's future online services, including those offered on the Apple Newton.
 "We're pleased to include America Online on the new PT-9000," said Gary Schwartz, vice president, Sharp PC and Color Imaging Systems, Wizard and Personal Home Office Electronics Division. "The PT-9000 is designed to provide consumers with ready access to information and communications. America Online's rich content, ease of use and affordability respond to the consumer's need to stay in touch and informed."
 "New access devices can help expand the online services market," said Steve Case, president and CEO of America Online. "We will continue to invest in this area with the goal of establishing America Online as the leading online service in this emerging market."
 America Online, Inc., is the nation's fastest-growing provider of online services to consumers. The company offers subscribers a wide variety of services, including electronic mail, conferencing, news, sports, weather, stock quotes, software, computing support and online classes. Founded in 1985, the company has established strategic alliances with more than 30 companies including IBM, Apple and Tribune Company. The company completed an initial stock offering in March 1992. Personal computer owners can obtain the America Online software at major software retailers and bookstores or by calling 800-827-6364.
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 /CONTACT: Jean Villanueva, vice president, corporate communications, America Online, 703-883-1675/
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