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Netscape Unveils New Client/Server Solutions for New Era of Web-Rich Open Email


Netscape Communications Corporation unveiled integrated client/server software solutions for a new era of open email and groupware as rich as the Web. The new Netscape Intranet solutions enable corporate customers to build and manage Full Service Intranets using the new Netscape SuiteSpot3.0 integrated server suite and access Intranet and Internet information using the new Netscape Communicatorclient software product. With this new product family, Netscape's goal is to capture more than 50 percent of the exploding Intranet market, which has been estimated by Forrester Research Inc. to reach US$10 billion by the year 2000.

Rapid adoption of Netscape Intranet technology by Fortune 1000 customers has already resulted in tremendous savings for Netscape's enterprise customers. According to initial results of a study released today by International Data Corporation (IDC), Netscape Intranet customers are realizing a return on investment (ROI) of more than 1,000 percent in a payback period of less than three months. IDC studied the ROIs of Netscape customers Booz-Allen & Hamilton, Cadence Design Systems and Silicon Graphics, Inc. and documented ROIs ranging from 1389 percent to 1766 percent. IDC also documented a remarkably swift time to payback for these companies with savings and ROI typically beginning as early as six weeks after deployment.

"Netscape has defined a whole new playing field in the Internet software market by leveraging its leadership in browser software to capture the Intranet market," said Jim Barksdale, president and CEO of Netscape. "Companies are quickly realizing that Netscape solutions are the best opportunity on the Net because they enable great cost savings and quickly deliver a very high return on investment. With our 1997 product family, Netscape is well positioned to magnify those savings for our customers."

"The ROI benefits and swift time to payback associated with Netscape Intranet software are astounding with ROIs consistently over 1,000 percent according to the initial results of our study," said Ian Campbell, director of collaborative and Intranet computing at IDC, a leading industry analyst firm. "If your company does not already have an Intranet in place, move quickly to implement one now. We found that companies investing in Netscape Intranet software today can expect the investment to pay for itself in time for Christmas. Every day companies wait is money wasted."

For 1997, Netscape will combine the power of Netscape SuiteSpot integrated server software suite and the ease of use of Netscape Communicator client software to deliver a matched client/server product family for building open email and groupware solutions.

"In 1995, Netscape led the first wave of the Internet with the explosion of the Web. In 1996, we led the second wave as Web technology penetrated the corporation with rapid adoption of Intranets," said Marc Andreessen, senior vice president of technology at Netscape. "In 1997, Netscape will once again lead the industry with Internet technology that combines the richness of Web content with enterprise applications, producing the next killer application -- Web-rich email and groupware."

The market for Intranet software has been projected by Forrester Research Inc. of Cambridge, Massachusetts to reach $10 billion by the year 2000. According to a recent study conducted among InfoWorld subscriber organizations, implementation of corporate Intranets has exploded from 39 percent to 51 percent in just three months. Fifty-nine percent of those polled by InfoWorld stated they have established Intranets to support and develop corporate applications.

To capture this market, Netscape will make its new products available through more than 70 OEM partners including Apple, Compaq, Digital Equipment, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, NCR, Olivetti, Siemens Nixdorf, Silicon Graphics, SCO and Sun Microsystems.

Netscape has already become a well-known name and is the Intranet market leader, with 59 percent of corporations surveyed by Hambrecht & Quist saying they are deploying a full Netscape client/server solution. Netscape is also the proven leader in server software for Web sites with over 80 percent of Web site managers who were surveyed by Forrester Research saying that they run Netscape server software. In addition, according to a recent report from Zona Research, Netscape enjoys a dominant position in Web server software with 74 percent of Windows NT users and 84 percent of UNIX users surveyed running Netscape software.

Separately, Netscape announced that a comprehensive strategy to "embrace and integrate" existing Microsoft platforms and technologies into the Netscape ONEopen network environment and Netscape's Intranet product family. Building on its position as one of the largest and fastest-growing vendors of software products that run on Microsoft operating systems, Netscape plans to support ActiveX, Office Documents and BackOffice features and functionality on the Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems. Netscape's "embrace and integrate" strategy will enable customers to unify their existing environments with their Intranet into a seamless user, developer, and administrator experience using Netscape Intranet software. Netscape will ensure that its future Netscape SuiteSpotand Netscape Communicatorproduct families work well with Microsoft operating system environments, products and technologies, such as Microsoft SQL Server and ActiveX.


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