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INTERACTIVE INC. AND DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY TO JOINTLY DEVELOP MULTIMEDIA INFORMATION NETWORK

 HUMBOLDT, S.D., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- InterActive Inc. (NASDAQ: IACT) and Dakota State University (DSU), Madison, S.D., announced today they will jointly develop a campus-wide multimedia information network using InterActive's multimedia hardware and software products. DSU currently has over 500 personal computers connected to their network, and will fully integrate InterActive's SoundXchange hardware and its software products, M-Mail and M-Message, into this campus-wide information network. The program will be phased in over a three year period and will include research projects focusing on measuring the increased efficiencies of multimedia communications versus text-only based communications.
 Dakota State University is uniquely authorized by the South Dakota State Legislature to provide instruction in computer management, computer information systems and other related programs.
 Jerald Tunheim, president, Dakota State University, said, "The SoundXchange will allow us to use voice messaging in our PC generated documents while M-Mail, InterActive's multimedia electronic mail software, will encourage efficient and effective communication by combining voice, text and graphics in one message. This enterprising joint project will provide multi-media messaging capabilities to faculty, administration and students in Madison and at the satellite campus in Sioux Falls, S.D. Initially, 100 SoundXchanges will be installed onto PC's on campus to begin the research phase of this project."
 It is believed that DSU is the first higher education institution in the world to install fully integrated multimedia messaging technology accessible through the institution's Local Area Network (LAN) by University faculty, administration and students through two network connections in every dormitory room.
 DSU currently processes 2,000-3,000 InterNet messages per day in addition to intracampus network communications. The campus will add InterActive's M-Message software to incorporate multimedia capabilities to InterNet messages and Microsoft Mail messages generated on campus.
 Other research projects will be on multi-platform messaging systems and will also include investigations on the influence of compression rates on storage requirements, and on bandwidth requirements of LANs and WANs, and on the feasibility of providing instruction at remote locations using multimedia mail communications. The program has an additional goal to completely integrate InterActive's products with DSU's goal of enhancing distance learning using multimedia teaching technologies.
 InterActive designs, manufactures and markets personal computer- based multimedia products for business communications. InterActive's corporate headquarters are located at 204 North Main, Humboldt, South Dakota 57035. The telephone numbers are 605-363-5117 and 800-292-2112. InterActive's Advanced Technology Center is located in the Carlsbad Research Center at 5964 La Place Court, Suite #100, Carlsbad, CA 92008. The telephone number is 619-929-4810.
 Dakota State University is located in Madison and has as its mission the education of students using emerging technologies in the computer communications arena. Vernon Barr, University News and Information Services can be reached at 605-256-5119.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Reck of InterActive, 605-363-5117, or fax 605-363-5102/
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