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DIGITAL AND NETSCAPE COMMUNICATIONS ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

 Netsite and Netscape to be Available on Alpha Platform
 Digital to Provide Worldwide Service and Support
 MAYNARD, Mass., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) and Netscape Communications Corporation today announced a partnership agreement that will make Digital the first reseller of Netscape Communications' server software. Digital will service and support these products worldwide. Products and services will be available on Digital's Alpha OSF, Alpha NT and Intel NT platforms. Netscape Communications' Netscape Navigator for the Internet will also be available through Digital.
 By combining Netscape Communications' Netscape Navigator and the Netsite Commerce Server with Digital's NT and OSF platforms, both companies will continue to promote open standards for secure commerce. The Netscape and Netsite products provide the industry with state-of-the art capabilities for Internet navigation and publishing. Digital servers provide scalability and high performance, meeting the needs of the widest range of customers from entry level businesses to the largest corporations.
 "We are excited about the possibilities that Netscape Communications' products bring to our customers," said Rose Ann Giordano, vice president of Digital's Internet Business Group. "This partnership agreement will enable a new group of publishers and merchants to do business on the Internet, once again reaffirming that the Internet is open for business. Digital sees the Internet as a cost- effective way to work closely with customers and partners. This includes making Digital's systems available for remote access over the Internet."
 "Digital's worldwide reach will bring our open and secure products to customers around the globe who want to create and manage commercial sites on the Internet," said James H. Clark, chairman and CEO of Netscape Communications. "The availability of full, integrated and secure hardware and software solutions makes it easy for businesses of all kinds to take advantage of the Internet as the new global channel for communications and commerce."
 The Netscape Navigator and Netsite server line bring secure communications, performance and support to companies and individuals who want to create or access information services on global networks. The products offer easy-to-use interfaces for serving and accessing multimedia information on the net, including formatted text, graphics, audio, and video. They employ a hypertext linking system that lets users simply click on a word or image to retrieve information wherever it is located on the network. The products are fully compatible with other HTTP-based clients and servers.
 Digital will be the first company offering traditional services on the Netscape products worldwide. This includes 7x24 phone support, startup and consulting, media, documentation and rights to new versions. Digital and Netscape will work together on defining future product requirements and are collaborating on work going on within Digital today to maximize product strengths for both companies.
 "Digital is forming partnerships with such companies as Netscape Communications to provide the best possible solutions for customers," said Giordano. "We are building a broad set of Internet-related products and services, making all of our platforms 'Internet-ready', and sharing what we have learned from our own creative use of the Internet." The OSF Netsite and Netscape products will be available Dec.'94.
 Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier provider of open software to enable people and companies to exchange information and conduct commerce over the Internet and other global networks. The company was founded in April 1994 by Dr. James H. Clark, founder of Silicon Graphics, Inc., a Fortune 500 computer systems company; and Marc Andreessen, creator of the NCSA Mosaic research prototype for the Internet. Privately held, Netscape Communications Corporation is based in Mountain View, California.
 Digital Equipment Corporation is the world's leader in open client server solutions from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems. Digitals scalable Alpha platforms storage, networking, software and services, together with industry-focused solutions from business partners, help organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.
 NOTE: Alpha, Alpha OSF and the Digital logo are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. Netscape Communications, the Netscape Communications logo, Netsite and Netscape are trademarks of Netscape Communication Corporation. All other product names are trademarks of their respective companies.
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 /CONTACT: Ethel Kaiden of Digital, 508-486-2814, ekaiden@ljo.dec.com, or Rosanne Siino of Netscape, 415-254-2619, rosanne@mcom.com/
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CO: Digital Equipment Corporation; Netscape Communications Corporation ST: Massachusetts, California IN: CPR SU: TNM

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