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BELL ATLANTIC SUPPORTS MICROSOFT'S VISION OF THE DIGITAL OFFICE

 NEW YORK, June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Bell Atlantic announced today that it supports Microsoft Corporation's (NASDAQ-NMS: MSFT) new digital office software architecture and will work with Microsoft to facilitate the development of applications for business customers.
 "The Microsoft At Work architecture opens a window on the full power of Bell Atlantic's intelligent network," said Art Bushkin, Bell Atlantic president of information services. "Bell Atlantic is totally committed to the vision of an information highway delivering information when, where and in the way the customer wants. The advent of office machines activated with visual, intuitively clear commands coupled with the flexibility and broad reach of Bell Atlantic's network will move us another step forward in realizing our goal."
 The Microsoft At Work software architecture consists of several components that address the requirements of office automation and communications products: operating systems, communications, image rendering, graphical user interfaces and desktop software. All Microsoft At Work systems will be completely open to software and hardware developers, enabling third-party developers to create applications and services for computers and Microsoft At Work devices.
 "In addition to Bell Atlantic's projects for delivering video to consumers, we also are developing video and multimedia applications for businesses," said Bushkin. "These applications include the multiperson creation of presentations and reports, the enhancement of documents with multimedia capabilities, the storage and retrieval of high resolution images, video conferencing, the integration of messaging via voice, video, facsimile and electronic mail and much more.
 "A key success factor in our effort is the development by companies such as Microsoft of graphical user interface and common operating systems software for fax machines, computers, screen phones, printers and the like. Such software, coupled with the wide availability of digital connections from Bell Atlantic, means our customers will be able to bring multiple business applications to a single desk top, whether the desk is at the main office, a branch office or an office in the home."
 Bell Atlantic's local telephone companies, which serve the mid- Atlantic states and Washington, D.C., have been building the digital telecommunications infrastructure needed to realize its vision of an information highway for nearly a decade.
 Bell Atlantic has modernized its network with more than 1,200 digital telephone switches, ubiquitous high-speed digital signaling and 1.2 million miles of fiber optic lines, putting in place the elements needed for a full-service digital network capable of delivering voice, video and data to customers when and where they want.
 "A major step in the revolution in the way businesses are doing business is the expanding availability of digital communications," said Dave Douglas, head of Bell Atlantic's Data and Integrated Solutions organization. "Another step in this revolution is the development of software such as the Microsoft At Work architecture, which brings the power of digital communications to the desk top in the form of applications."
 Bell Atlantic's phone companies will be able to offer digital communications capabilities to 50 percent of their customer access lines by this year's end and to nearly 90 percent by the end of 1994. Bell Atlantic serves more than 18 million lines. Using integrated services digital network (ISDN) technology, Bell Atlantic is able to offer customers two communications pathways at the same time over their existing phone lines. This means a customer can simultaneously talk on the phone and communicate with a remote computer over one line, at the same time.
 In addition to deploying ISDN, Bell Atlantic also has been a pioneer in very high speed digital communications, enabling its business customers to be among the first in the nation to send data traffic across town with the same ease that they could send it to an office on the same floor. For instance, Bell of Pennsylvania, a Bell Atlantic company, filed the country's first tariff for a Switched Multimegabit Data Service in December 1991.
 "Today the Bell Atlantic telephone companies lead the industry in offering a range of high speed data solutions, such as Frame Relay data service, Switched Multimegabit Data Service and Fiber Distributed Data Interchange service," said Douglas. "Combining Bell Atlantic's powerful data services with Microsoft's new software architecture will enable a company to knit their enterprisewide data communications network into a seamless whole, transparent to the individual workers at any location."
 Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone (Delaware), and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C., companies that provide a full array of telecommunications services in the mid- Atlantic region.
 Bell Atlantic also is the parent of one of the nation's largest cellular carriers and of companies that provide software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world and owns an interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand.
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 /CONTACT: Larry Plumb of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-2814/
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