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APPLE, NETSCAPE AND SILICON GRAPHICS TO COOPERATE ON 3D GRAPHICS FOR THE INTERNET

 Apple Supports 'Moving Worlds' VRML Proposal;
 Provides Enhancements With New Technology


SAN FRANCISCO, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Apple Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)(Cupertino, CA), Netscape Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: NSCP)(Mountain View, CA), and Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI)(Mountain View, CA) today announced Apple's support of the Moving Worlds VRML 2.0 proposal and Apple's contribution of new technology to the Moving Worlds initiative.

Specifically, the three companies plan to develop a new binary file format for Moving Worlds based on Apple's 3D metafile format (3DMF) technology. Moving Worlds is an open, cross-platform specification for dynamic 3D environments on the Internet. Apple's contribution of 3DMF technology to the Moving Worlds effort will enable higher compression, file streaming, and faster parsing of 3D objects and virtual worlds across the Internet.

"Apple is very excited to offer its 3DMF technology as part of Silicon Graphics' Moving Worlds proposal," said Dr. David Nagel, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide research and development. "This initiative represents the first opportunity for users to experience ubiquitous, animated 3D on the Web. Working with Netscape and Silicon Graphics is a classic example of technology leaders working together to create common industry standards, for the benefit of customers and developers worldwide."

"Apple has a strong reputation for multimedia-enabling technology at Netscape and we welcome its contributions to both Moving Worlds and the Netscape Live3D framework," said Marc Andreessen, vice president of technology at Netscape. "Apple's upcoming QuickTime plugin and other multimedia technologies will extend the capabilities of Netscape Navigator. The combination of Apple, Netscape and Silicon Graphics technology, will enable another powerful implementation of both 3D and multimedia on the Internet."

"Silicon Graphics welcomes Apple's contribution of 3DMF technology to the Moving Worlds initiative," said Tom Jermoluk, president and chief operating officer of Silicon Graphics. "The Web is rapidly overthrowing a proprietary model of computing and bringing together the best technologies into open standards, which is accelerating the pace of innovation."

Moving Worlds is a leading proposal for VRML 2.0 (Virtual Reality Modeling Language). The Moving Worlds architecture allows 3D data sets to be scalable for viewing on a variety of computer systems ranging from Internet PCs to powerful 3D graphics workstations. The development of Moving Worlds has been an open and collaborative process led by Silicon Graphics and endorsed by over 50 companies. The proposal has recently been submitted to the VRML Architecture Group.

The QuickDraw 3D metafile format (3DMF) is a cross-platform file format which supports Macintosh, UNIX and PC systems. 3DMF technology will be used as an object-oriented, binary 'wrapper' in the Moving Worlds VRML proposal. 3DMF technology will bring increased performance through faster parsing and faster downloads via smaller file sizes, as well as making it possible to stream Moving Worlds content. More information on 3DMF and its integration into Moving Worlds may be found on the Apple home page at http://www.info.apple.com/qd3d.

The Netscape Live3D framework enables industry-standard VRML graphics to be easily integrated into the Netscape software platform. Live3D enables Netscape Navigator to deliver distributed, interactive 3D spaces rich with text, images, animation, sound, music, and video. In addition to providing a high-performance VRML 2.0 viewer, Live3D extends Netscape's Java, JavaScript, and plug-in interfaces to make it easy to develop distributed 3D applications on the Netscape Navigator platform. Live3D implements the proposed Moving Worlds VRML 2.0 specification.

Apple Computer, Inc., a recognized innovator in the information industry and leader in multimedia technologies, creates powerful solutions based on easy-to-use personal computers, servers, peripherals, software, online services, and personal digital assistants. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple develops, manufactures, licenses and markets products, technologies and services for the business, education, consumer, entertainment, scientific & engineering and government customers in over 140 countries.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software for linking people and information over enterprise networks and the Internet. The company offers a full line of clients, servers, development tools, and commercial applications to create a complete platform for next-generation, live online applications. Traded on NASDAQ under the symbol "NSCP," Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.

Silicon Graphics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high-performance and commercial computing systems. The company delivers interactive three dimensional graphics, digital media and symmetric multiprocessing supercomputing technologies to technical and commercial environments through direct and indirect sales channels. Its subsidiary, MIPS Technologies, Inc. designs and licenses the industry's leading RISC processor technology for the computer systems, interactive consumer and embedded control markets. Silicon Graphics, Inc. has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View, California.

The discussion in this news release of new products and technologies contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the timely release to manufacturing, the availability of components from suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and the other risks detailed from time to time in the companies' SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-Q for the December 1995 quarters. Actual results may vary materially.

Apple, the Apple logo, QuickTime, and Macintosh are registered trademarks, and QuickDraw 3D is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively though X/Open Company, Ltd. Netscape, Netscape Navigator, and Netscape Live3D are trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation. Silicon Graphics and the Silicon Graphics logo are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Java and other Java-based names are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc., and refer to Sun's family of Java-based technologies. All other brand names mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby acknowledged.
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/CONTACT: Jonathan Hirshon of Horizon Public Relations (for Apple), 408-982-2555, or email: jh@horizonpr.com; or Andrea Cook of Netscape Communications Corporation, 415-528-6711, or email: andreac@netscape.com; or Alexandrea Todd, Silicon Graphics Inc., 415-933-6765, or email: atodd@corp.sgi.com/

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