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Netscape Tunes Into IE Users

In an attempt to attract rival Internet Explorer users, Netscape Communications Corp. today announced 'Netscape TuneUp for IE,' a software add-on to Microsoft IE and Windows software.

The software is designed to allow users of Microsoft's browser to access Netscape's Smart Browser application, as well as integrated access to its Netcenter services such as My Netscape, WebMail, SmartUpdate, Search, Contact and Member Directory.

Netscape said the add-on is a small ActiveX control (less than 100k) that works with Internet Explorer 4.0 or later versions, and is available via free download.

The announcement is part of Netscape's Project Turbo, a strategy to promote its Netcenter portal. Part of that plan is to lure some of its rival's users to take advantage of Netscape services. The company released many of these new services as part of its Communicator 4.5 suite, currently in beta testing.

"Netscape is excited by this opportunity to bring the power of portal integration to IE users," said Mike Homer, executive vice president and general manager of Netscape's Netcenter division.

"We have received a tremendous response from our customers about the integration of Smart Browsing, My Netscape, Netscape Search and Netscape Member Directory in Netscape Communicator 4.5. Now we are extending those benefits to IE users so that even more of the Internet community can take advantage of the easiest way to find the online information they need."

The company said that TuneUp for IE is scheduled to be released before the end of October, and will be downloadable from Netcenter Download.