Netscape Introduces Innovative Products and Services That Leverage Free Client and Vast Installed Base To Drive Sales



Free Client Seeds Market For New Investment Protection Program, Retail

Products, SuiteSpot Upgrades, Subscriptions, Support Packages and Premium

Netcenter Services



Jan 22, 1998, 00:00 ET from Netscape Communications Corporation

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Netscape Communications
 Corporation (Nasdaq:   NSCP) today launched several new products and services
 that leverage Netscape's new free pricing of Netscape(R) Communicator client
 software -- announced separately today -- and make it easy for enterprise and
 individual customers to adopt Netscape solutions.  The new products and
 programs reinforce Netscape's strategy of leveraging market penetration of its
 popular client software, and the traffic to its busy Internet site to seed
 further distribution of Netscape client software and drive sales of Netscape
 software solutions in the home and business markets.
     Unveiled today as part of an aggressive worldwide marketing campaign, the
 new products and services include a new investment protection program for
 users of Netscape Communicator, new reduced pricing on Netscape's retail and
 enterprise client products, new Netscape SuiteSpot server software upgrades
 featuring Netscape client software, enhanced subscription and support
 packages, and a new Premium Services program on the Netscape Netcenter online
 service.
     "These new products and services will enable customers to leverage our
 free client software to gain universal access to rich content and applications
 on corporate Intranets, Extranets and the public Internet," said Mike Homer,
 executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Netscape.  "The
 new marketing campaign will accelerate adoption and drive new business growth
 by seeding the market for Netscape's products and services."
     Netscape's new investment protection program for existing Netscape
 Communicator users recognizes the investment existing customers have made in
 Netscape client software.  The program provides Netscape Communicator
 customers with the opportunity to purchase at special prices Netscape's
 enterprise software products and subscriptions including:  Netscape
 Communicator Professional Edition, Netscape SuiteSpot server software products
 or Netscape SuiteSpot Hosting Edition.  Netscape also announced it will lower
 the suggested retail prices of two of its popular retail client software
 products -- Netscape Communicator Internet Access Edition and Netscape
 Communicator Deluxe Edition.  Netscape offers a substantial manufacturer's
 rebate on these products, and will also increase the rebate on its Netscape
 Publishing Suite product.  Netscape is also lowering the price of Netscape
 Communicator Professional Edition for enterprise customers.
     The new SuiteSpot server upgrades include a new version of Netscape
 SuiteSpot Standard Edition that includes Netscape Communicator Standard
 Edition client software and a new version of Netscape SuiteSpot Professional
 Edition that includes Netscape Communicator Professional Edition.  These
 upgrades make it easy for enterprise customers using SuiteSpot to build
 Intranets and Extranets to broadly deploy Netscape Communicator within the
 enterprise or redistribute Netscape Communicator to their employees, customers
 and partners.
     Netscape's two new enhanced subscription programs are Netscape Subscriber
 Advantage for individuals and the Netscape Enterprise Subscription Program for
 enterprise customers.  Offered through the Netscape Store online, Netscape
 Subscriber Advantage provides individuals with electronic notification of
 major upgrades to Netscape Communicator released within the subscription
 period; access to a password-protected Internet site for downloading new
 product releases; shipment of Netscape Communicator on CD-ROM with a handbook;
 and subscriber-only promotions and discounts.  The Netscape Enterprise
 Subscription Program provides notification of major upgrades to products
 released within the subscription period; access to a protected Internet site
 where members can download new product releases; and physical shipment of
 major new product releases on CD-ROM with relevant product documentation.
     Netscape's new support packages ( http://help.netscape.com/contact.html )
 include a range of offerings for individual and enterprise customers.
 Individuals can purchase access to Netscape's telephone and online technical
 support during standard Netscape business hours in packages ranging from a
 "pay as you go" plan to a 5-pack.  Enterprises can purchase Netscape's 24x7
 telephone and online technical support in packages ranging from the Expert-
 Expert program which includes enterprise mission-critical IS and developer
 support to the Expert Alliance program which includes a dedicated Enterprise
 Support Account Manager on-site at the customer in addition to enterprise
 mission-critical IS and developer support.  Netscape will continue to offer at
 no charge to users automated telephone and online access to its searchable
 Netscape Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions so users can help
 themselves.
     Netscape's new Premium Services site on Netscape Netcenter adds valuable
 fee-based products and services to the wealth of information and services that
 Netscape Netcenter members can access at no charge.  Netcenter Premium
 Services that members can purchase include:
 
     * Business Journal -- members can subscribe to a Premium level of
 Netcenter's one-stop business center which provides up-to-date, personalized
 information organized by industry, company and topic;
     * Marketplace -- members can electronically purchase merchandise such as
 computers, office supplies, gifts, travel, books, music, software, business
 productivity tools and "time saver" items on Netcenter's new commerce section;
     * Virtual Office -- members can purchase hosted Intranet services
 including email and hosted Web sites for individuals and small businesses;
     * netMarket -- discount shopping club offers more than 1 million brand-
 name products and services to members of netMarket who also get cash back on
 purchases, guaranteed low prices, and extended warranties;
     * Netscape Subscriber Advantage -- members can electronically purchase
 subscriptions to Netscape software products;
     * VeriSign Digital IDs -- members can electronically purchase the
 necessary VeriSign security software for sending and receiving encrypted email
 and online documents.
 
     The Netscape investment protection program is available now to customers
 who have purchased Netscape Communicator Standard Edition and prices for new
 products begin at US$10 for Netscape Communicator Professional Edition.
 Netscape Communicator Internet Access Edition is available now at retail for
 an estimated street price of US$19.95 after a mail-in rebate.  Netscape
 Communicator Deluxe Edition is available now at retail for an estimated street
 price of US$39.95 after a mail-in rebate.  Netscape Publishing Suite is
 available now at retail for an estimated street price of US$49.95 after a
 mail-in rebate.  Netscape, Communicator Professional Edition is available now
 for US$29.
     The upgrades to Netscape SuiteSpot Standard Edition and Professional
 Edition are expected to be available within 30 days.  Pricing for Netscape
 SuiteSpot Standard Edition is US$82 per user and pricing for Netscape
 SuiteSpot Professional Edition is US$140 per user.  The Netscape Subscriber
 Advantage program is available now for $19.95 per user plus shipping and
 handling.  The Netscape Enterprise Subscription program is available now with
 prices beginning at 40 percent off list prices.  Membership in Netscape
 Netcenter is available now at no charge.  Pricing for Premium Service items
 begins at $US3.95.
     Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading 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.
     Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available
 on the Internet at http://home.netscape.com, by sending email to
 info@netscape.com.  Corporate customers can call 650-937-2555 while consumers
 can call 650-937-3777 for more information.
     Netscape, Netscape Navigator, Netscape ONE and the Netscape N and Ship's
 Wheel logos are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation
 in the United States and other countries.  Other Netscape logos and Netscape
 product and service names are also trademarks of Netscape Communications
 Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.
 
 

SOURCE Netscape Communications Corporation
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Netscape Communications
 Corporation (Nasdaq:   NSCP) today launched several new products and services
 that leverage Netscape's new free pricing of Netscape(R) Communicator client
 software -- announced separately today -- and make it easy for enterprise and
 individual customers to adopt Netscape solutions.  The new products and
 programs reinforce Netscape's strategy of leveraging market penetration of its
 popular client software, and the traffic to its busy Internet site to seed
 further distribution of Netscape client software and drive sales of Netscape
 software solutions in the home and business markets.
     Unveiled today as part of an aggressive worldwide marketing campaign, the
 new products and services include a new investment protection program for
 users of Netscape Communicator, new reduced pricing on Netscape's retail and
 enterprise client products, new Netscape SuiteSpot server software upgrades
 featuring Netscape client software, enhanced subscription and support
 packages, and a new Premium Services program on the Netscape Netcenter online
 service.
     "These new products and services will enable customers to leverage our
 free client software to gain universal access to rich content and applications
 on corporate Intranets, Extranets and the public Internet," said Mike Homer,
 executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at Netscape.  "The
 new marketing campaign will accelerate adoption and drive new business growth
 by seeding the market for Netscape's products and services."
     Netscape's new investment protection program for existing Netscape
 Communicator users recognizes the investment existing customers have made in
 Netscape client software.  The program provides Netscape Communicator
 customers with the opportunity to purchase at special prices Netscape's
 enterprise software products and subscriptions including:  Netscape
 Communicator Professional Edition, Netscape SuiteSpot server software products
 or Netscape SuiteSpot Hosting Edition.  Netscape also announced it will lower
 the suggested retail prices of two of its popular retail client software
 products -- Netscape Communicator Internet Access Edition and Netscape
 Communicator Deluxe Edition.  Netscape offers a substantial manufacturer's
 rebate on these products, and will also increase the rebate on its Netscape
 Publishing Suite product.  Netscape is also lowering the price of Netscape
 Communicator Professional Edition for enterprise customers.
     The new SuiteSpot server upgrades include a new version of Netscape
 SuiteSpot Standard Edition that includes Netscape Communicator Standard
 Edition client software and a new version of Netscape SuiteSpot Professional
 Edition that includes Netscape Communicator Professional Edition.  These
 upgrades make it easy for enterprise customers using SuiteSpot to build
 Intranets and Extranets to broadly deploy Netscape Communicator within the
 enterprise or redistribute Netscape Communicator to their employees, customers
 and partners.
     Netscape's two new enhanced subscription programs are Netscape Subscriber
 Advantage for individuals and the Netscape Enterprise Subscription Program for
 enterprise customers.  Offered through the Netscape Store online, Netscape
 Subscriber Advantage provides individuals with electronic notification of
 major upgrades to Netscape Communicator released within the subscription
 period; access to a password-protected Internet site for downloading new
 product releases; shipment of Netscape Communicator on CD-ROM with a handbook;
 and subscriber-only promotions and discounts.  The Netscape Enterprise
 Subscription Program provides notification of major upgrades to products
 released within the subscription period; access to a protected Internet site
 where members can download new product releases; and physical shipment of
 major new product releases on CD-ROM with relevant product documentation.
     Netscape's new support packages ( http://help.netscape.com/contact.html )
 include a range of offerings for individual and enterprise customers.
 Individuals can purchase access to Netscape's telephone and online technical
 support during standard Netscape business hours in packages ranging from a
 "pay as you go" plan to a 5-pack.  Enterprises can purchase Netscape's 24x7
 telephone and online technical support in packages ranging from the Expert-
 Expert program which includes enterprise mission-critical IS and developer
 support to the Expert Alliance program which includes a dedicated Enterprise
 Support Account Manager on-site at the customer in addition to enterprise
 mission-critical IS and developer support.  Netscape will continue to offer at
 no charge to users automated telephone and online access to its searchable
 Netscape Knowledge Base of Frequently Asked Questions so users can help
 themselves.
     Netscape's new Premium Services site on Netscape Netcenter adds valuable
 fee-based products and services to the wealth of information and services that
 Netscape Netcenter members can access at no charge.  Netcenter Premium
 Services that members can purchase include:
 
     * Business Journal -- members can subscribe to a Premium level of
 Netcenter's one-stop business center which provides up-to-date, personalized
 information organized by industry, company and topic;
     * Marketplace -- members can electronically purchase merchandise such as
 computers, office supplies, gifts, travel, books, music, software, business
 productivity tools and "time saver" items on Netcenter's new commerce section;
     * Virtual Office -- members can purchase hosted Intranet services
 including email and hosted Web sites for individuals and small businesses;
     * netMarket -- discount shopping club offers more than 1 million brand-
 name products and services to members of netMarket who also get cash back on
 purchases, guaranteed low prices, and extended warranties;
     * Netscape Subscriber Advantage -- members can electronically purchase
 subscriptions to Netscape software products;
     * VeriSign Digital IDs -- members can electronically purchase the
 necessary VeriSign security software for sending and receiving encrypted email
 and online documents.
 
     The Netscape investment protection program is available now to customers
 who have purchased Netscape Communicator Standard Edition and prices for new
 products begin at US$10 for Netscape Communicator Professional Edition.
 Netscape Communicator Internet Access Edition is available now at retail for
 an estimated street price of US$19.95 after a mail-in rebate.  Netscape
 Communicator Deluxe Edition is available now at retail for an estimated street
 price of US$39.95 after a mail-in rebate.  Netscape Publishing Suite is
 available now at retail for an estimated street price of US$49.95 after a
 mail-in rebate.  Netscape, Communicator Professional Edition is available now
 for US$29.
     The upgrades to Netscape SuiteSpot Standard Edition and Professional
 Edition are expected to be available within 30 days.  Pricing for Netscape
 SuiteSpot Standard Edition is US$82 per user and pricing for Netscape
 SuiteSpot Professional Edition is US$140 per user.  The Netscape Subscriber
 Advantage program is available now for $19.95 per user plus shipping and
 handling.  The Netscape Enterprise Subscription program is available now with
 prices beginning at 40 percent off list prices.  Membership in Netscape
 Netcenter is available now at no charge.  Pricing for Premium Service items
 begins at $US3.95.
     Netscape Communications Corporation is a leading 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.
     Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available
 on the Internet at http://home.netscape.com, by sending email to
 info@netscape.com.  Corporate customers can call 650-937-2555 while consumers
 can call 650-937-3777 for more information.
     Netscape, Netscape Navigator, Netscape ONE and the Netscape N and Ship's
 Wheel logos are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation
 in the United States and other countries.  Other Netscape logos and Netscape
 product and service names are also trademarks of Netscape Communications
 Corporation, which may be registered in other countries.
 
 SOURCE  Netscape Communications Corporation

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