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New Products Round Out Netscape® CommerceXpert Family and Complete Netscape's Strategy of Linking People and Businesses Together via Extranets

MOUNTAIN VIEW AND SUNNYVALE, Calif. (September 16, 1997) Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) and Actra, a Netscape/GE Information Services joint venture, today announced the delivery of key products in the Netscape® CommerceXpert family developed by Actra for conducting business-to-business Internet commerce. Netscape PublishingXpert 2.0 and Netscape SellerXpert on Sun Solaris and Netscape ECXpert for Windows NT are scheduled for availability within the next 30 days from Netscape and its channel partners. The products complete the CommerceXpert family of solutions that are a key part of Netscape’s strategy of linking people and businesses together via Extranets and the Internet.

"Netscape’s strategy is to offer revolutionary software and services that link people and businesses together, providing companies with new avenues for revenue growth at reduced operational costs," said Marc Andreessen, executive vice president of products at Netscape. "The CommerceXpert family does just that, enabling customers to easily conduct business-to-business transactions and connect to the millions of people daily who look to the Internet as a resource for information, goods and services."

"Actra's mission since April 1996 has been to combine our business expertise and Internet technology leadership to deliver next-generation Internet commerce applications that allow customers to link to their trading partner community in ways never before feasible or affordable," said Jim Sha, chief executive officer at Actra. "We are now delivering to the market solutions that are open, scalable and flexible for high-end Internet and business-to-business commerce."

Netscape and its channel partners are delivering to market the CommerceXpert family of Internet commerce application solutions developed by Actra. These applications allow business-to-business and business-to-consumer commerce to be conducted on the Internet. The family consists of five products focused on buying, selling and merchandising over the Internet and on leveraging existing Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and enterprise application investments. They are: ECXpert, SellerXpert, BuyerXpert, MerchantXpert and PublishingXpert.

Many customers, such as Hitatchi, Bell Canada, Boise Cascade, Wells Fargo, Bay Networks, IDG, Sun Microsystems, Sweden Post and CBS Sportsline are already benefiting from CommerceXpert products with reduced costs and improved customer satisfaction.fective alternative to the traditional proprietary VAN solution.

"As an industry leader, it is important that we establish protected and effective lines of communication with our customers, sales and marketing organizations," said James Rey, director of Marketing Communications at Hitachi Semiconductor (America), Inc. "PublishingXpert helps us utilize the cost efficiencies of the Internet through a scalable and encrypted system of transmitting data and exchanging customer specific and sales responsibility information immediately without manual intervention. We expect to see immediate savings in processing costs and to make critical business decisions based on the information gathered from this system."

Netscape PublishingXpert 2.0 is a complete, fully scalable business solution for publishing, delivering and selling a broad range of content and services to people and businesses via Extranets and the Internet. PublishingXpert 2.0 is an extensive upgrade to the Netscape Publishing System 1.6 and features numerous product enhancements. It has been completely re-architected as a high-end, multi-tiered distributed application based on the Netscape ONE platform.

Aimed at high-end commerce sites and Extranets, PublishingXpert meets a wide variety of content-based Internet commerce needs for business-to-business publishing, business-to-consumer publishing, Extranet/field support and ISP/multi-hosting services. The product also offers personalized content delivery, management of content, encrypted payment capabilities, subscription and billing services, advanced search capabilities and centralized administration capabilities.

PublishingXpert 2.0 is also enhanced through technology partnerships with CyberCash, NetObjects, PLS and Verity, who provide additional "best of class" features. CyberCash's technology enables complete end-to-end, encrypted payment transactions on the Internet, while NetObjects Fusion enhances PublishingXpert's Web site-building capabilities. PLS's search technology eases the workload of site administrators and provides powerful site-navigation for end-users. Verity's software tools and applications allow searching, retrieving and filtering information across the Internet and the enterprise.

ECXpert is an Internet-centric electronic commerce system that allows companies to exchange critical business information between applications and trading partners within or outside the enterprise. ECXpert provides a powerful underlying framework that efficiently handles encrypted data communications and structured data mapping over private and public networks with improved audit and control. The product exploits the real-time cost-effectiveness of the Internet by reaching to second- and third-tier suppliers that have access to an Internet browser as well as extending legacy EDI networks and enterprise applications.

SellerXpert is a scalable application that allows a corporation to provide an online selling presence to its customers, partners and suppliers via the Internet. It provides protected, managed self-service ordering around-the-clock, reducing operational costs and improving customer satisfaction. Integrated with enterprise applications, SellerXpert’s seamless ordering solution provides users with a strong competitive and marketing advantage. SellerXpert provides out-of-the-box functionality that delivers results quickly for a rapid return on investment. It centrally manages up-to-date product information, tracks sales and analyzes purchasing patterns while eliminating the need for print catalog distribution. By improving sales order accuracy and reducing sales order processing costs, SellerXpert helps improve bottom-line as well as top-line revenue.

ECXpert on Sun Solaris is available now from Netscape and its channel partners. ECXpert on Windows NT and PublishingXpert 2.0 and SellerXpert on Sun Solaris are all scheduled to be available within the next 30 days. PublishingXpert comes with Netscape Enterprise Server and Oracle Enterprise Server is the supported database. Other platforms for PublishingXpert will follow including SGI IRIX and Microsoft Windows NT scheduled for availability in Q497 and Q198, respectively. Pricing for ECXpert begins at US$50,000. Pricing for PublishingXpert begins at US$75,000. Pricing for SellerXpert begins at US$195,000.

Founded in April 1996, Actra is a joint venture between Netscape Communications Corporation and GE Information Services (GEIS). Benefiting from GEIS' market expertise as the world's leading provider of business-to-business Internet commerce services and Netscape's leading position in developing and marketing software for the Internet, Actra provides next-generation Internet commerce applications solutions for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business commerce markets. Additionally, Actra is taking an active role in promoting open standards for Internet commerce.

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.

Netscape and the Netscape logo are registered trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation which is registered in the United States and other jurisdictions. Netscape product names are trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation which may be registered in some jurisdictions. CommerceXpert, PublishingXpert, MerchantXpert, SellerXpert, BuyerXpert, and ECXpert are trademarks of Actra. Additional information on Netscape Communications Corporation is available on the Internet at or by sending email to Corporate customers can call 415-937-2555 while consumers can call 415-937-3777 for more information. For more information about Actra:


Netscape PublishingXpert 2.0 Customer Testimonials

Business-to-Business Publishing Customers:

Sun Microsystems:
Any organization needing to securely share and sell its knowledge capital in either a business to consumer or business to business commerce environment can do so in a managed and controlled way using PublishingXpert. For example, Sun Microsystems's software business unit SunSoft, uses the Publishing System to distribute and communicate information to its worldwide field organization and its channel affiliates on product and marketing developments. "We evaluated other publishing systems, and based on low cost-of-ownership and technical superiority, selected PublishingXpert's powerful publishing engine to drive the Webber Extranet," said Nelson French, director of sales & channels support, SunSoft Inc. "The Webber Extranet is a key element to the success of Sun's global software channels program in communicating up-to-date information to our affiliates and resellers."

"As an industry leader, it is important that we establish protected and effective lines of communication with our customers, sales and marketing organizations," said James Rey, Director of Marketing Communications, Hitachi Semiconductor (America), Inc. "PublishingXpert helps us utilize the cost efficiencies of the Internet through a scalable and secure system of transmitting data and exchanging customer specific and sales responsibility information immediately without manual intervention. We expect to see immediate savings in processing costs and to make critical business decisions based on the information gathered from this system."

Business to Consumer Publishing Customers:

PublishingXpert has had significant success in the business to consumer publishing market. With an installed base of 75 high-end sites, customers include the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, IDG Communications, LA Times, Washington Post and CBS SportsLine.

International Data Group:
PC World, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), is the world's largest monthly personal computing publication. PC World Online (, the magazine’s online services group, last year selected Netscape Publishing System v1.6 as the foundation for their paid-subscription publishing operations online, and is in the process of upgrading their system infrastructure to PublishingXpert v2.0.

Commenting on the choice of PublishingXpert, Adam Block, Director of Product Development for PC World’s Online Services Group, said, "PC World Online has been publishing on the Internet for more than two years but the product marks the first time we have charged a subscription fee for access to our content. PublishingXpert will allow us to rapidly expand PC World Online and to launch other subscription-based sites with minimal incremental effort. Key factors in our decision to choose PublishingXpert were its scalable architecture and multi-hosting capability. Scalability is extremely important, as we expect many of our over 1.1 million print subscribers to take advantage of our new premium online content. Every new site that we launch has to be able to over time support the very high volume of traffic that the popular and freely available IDG publications are experiencing today. PublishingXpert’s multi-hosting capability allows us to serve a wide variety of unique publications based on the same infrastructure, using common billing, staging, and customer service components. This is a strong package that meets our feature and flexibility standards and fits our budget. PC World Online and other IDG publications will continue to publish superior for-pay products, and we look forward to working with Actra and Netscape as we constantly improve our Internet offerings."

CBS Sportsline:
CBS SportsLine takes advantage of PublishingXpert's capabilities to manage membership and premium product sales and to control access to non-member information contained within its vast sports online service. Tom Eastwood, chief technical officer of SportsLine USA, Inc., publisher of CBS SportsLine, said, "The CBS SportsLine site contains more than 100,000 pages of information, available to consumers through a variety of membership and premium package plans. It is crucial that we have a flexible system tailored to our needs, allowing us to effectively and efficiently process registrations and credit card orders and manage access to our content. PublishingXpert provides the tools we need to stay on top of our game."

Actra contact:
Suzanne Burnip
(408) 542-3181


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