Netscape Unveils Netscape One, The Open Network Environment - A Standards-Based Platform for Open Client/Server Applications

More than 50 Companies Support Netscape One Platform for Building Rich, Distributed Internet Applications

Mountain View, Calif. (July 29, 1996) -- Netscape Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCP) today announced Netscape ONE, the open network environment, a standards-based platform for creating a new generation of distributed client/server applications. Netscape ONE unifies into a single platform the standards of the Internet, such as HTTP, HTML, LDAP and Java, and a tool chest of open, cross-platform software and technologies for creating rich, distributed applications on the Internet and intranets. Netscape ONE combines new technologies - JavaScript Version 1.1, an enhanced Java-scripting environment; Java-based Netscape Internet Foundation Classes; and support for a distributed object model based on the Internet Inter-ORB Protocol (IIOP) standard - with Netscape's leading line of Java-based clients, servers and tools.

Netscape's vision of the Netscape ONE platform is described in detail in a new white paper now available on the Netscape Internet site. Additionally, Netscape will post source code from Netscape ONE and a Netscape ONE Software Development Kit (SDK) on its Internet site for developers today. Technologies in Netscape ONE are freely licensable from Netscape. The Netscape ONE SDK is free to members of Netscape DevEdge, the development partners program.

"The Netscape ONE platform unifies the open, publicly defined standards that are the foundation of Netscape's leading software products with a broad array of licensable Java-based tools, enabling corporate developers to rapidly build distributed, cross-platform applications for intranets and the Internet," said Marc Andreessen, senior vice president of technology at Netscape.

More than 50 companies have announced their support for Netscape ONE as an open standards-based framework for building interoperable Internet applications. They are: AimTech Corporation, AlphaBlox Corporation, AMARA, Amplitude Software, Applix Inc., Asymetrix Corporation, Autodesk Inc., Black Sun Interactive, Borland International Inc., Brio Technology Inc., BulletProof Corporation, CBT Group, Connect! Corporation, Corel Corporation, CSA Research Ltd., Digital Equipment Corporation, Dimension X Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Software, EmeraldNet, Expersoft Corporation, HAHT Software Inc., Healtheon Corporation, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Informix Software Inc./Illustra Information Technologies, Intuit Inc., IONA Technologies Inc., Kinetix, Lotus Development Corporation, Macromedia Inc., Mercury Interactive, Metrowerks Inc., mFactory Inc. Micro Focus Limited, Microline Software, Natural Intelligence Inc., NetManage Inc., Netmosphere Inc., NetObjects, Next Software Inc., OneWave Inc., PointCast Inc., PowerSoft/Sybase Inc., Radnet Inc, Sarrus Software Inc., Silicon Graphics Inc., SoftQuad Inc., Spider Technologies, Sun Microsystems Inc., Symantec Corporation, The Iconovex Corporation, The Santa Cruz Operation, Tumbleweed Software Corporation, Visigenic Software Inc., and Xing Technology Corporation.

Netscape also announced that 21 leading companies have licensed Netscape ONE technologies to include in their own software tools products, enabling a whole new category of developer tools for the Internet. Adobe, AimTech Corporation, AlphaBlox, Asymetrix, Autodesk, Borland, Corel, Kinetix, Macromedia, Metrowerks, Microline Software, Natural Intelligence, NetObjects, NetManage, NeXT, OneWave, PowerSoft, Silicon Graphics, Symantec Corporation, Tumbleweed Software and Visigenic are among the companies that will deliver a broad array of next-generation tools to enable developers to build a new class of distributed applications based on the Netscape ONE platform.

With the announcement of Netscape ONE, Netscape is building on its enterprise experience and enabling corporate developers to take network applications to the next level. Currently, 92 of the 1995 Fortune 100 companies are using Netscape software, and Netscape is working with thousands of enterprise developers who are creating custom intranet applications based on the Netscape software platform. The more than 40 million Netscape Navigator users make Netscape the most widely deployed software platform for building and running Java-based applications. As a result, more than 2300 publicly registered Java resources already exist on the Internet today for the Netscape platform, according to EarthWeb's Gamelan Java registry of Java-enabled programs. In addition, more than 150 developers are already creating Netscape Plug-ins.

Netscape also announced JavaScript Version 1.1, an enhanced version of Netscape's open, freely licensable Java-based scripting language for quickly and easily building network applications. JavaScript 1.1 features support for Netscape LiveConnect, Netscape's framework for enabling Live Objects such as Plug-ins, Java applets, JavaScript scripts, and HTML elements to communicate and interact with one another. Netscape is seeing tremendous developer acceptance for JavaScript with more than 100,000 JavaScript-enabled pages on the Internet today according to HotBot, an Internet search engine.

To jump-start developers creating Java-based applications for commercial use, Netscape has announced Netscape Internet Foundation Classes, cross-platform Java class libraries, or building blocks, to help developers quickly and easily build corporate applications. These classes include User Interface foundation classes developed by Netcode Corporation, a company recently acquired by Netscape. The first Netscape Internet Foundation Classes are being released in beta to developers today and will be incorporated into the Galileo release of Netscape Navigator client software and the Orion release of its Netscape SuiteSpot server software.

In addition, Netscape announced its support for IIOP as the basis for its distributed object model in the Netscape ONE platform. The company plans to include a fully IIOP-compliant Object Request Broker (ORB) into Galileo and Orion. Netscape also plans to ship an IIOP-compliant infrastructure as part of the Netscape ONE platform that transparently supports distributed method invocation for Java classes. This infrastructure includes IIOP-compliant Netscape Internet Foundation Classes to make it easy for developers to build Web-based distributed applications.

Netscape Communications Corporation is a premier 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.

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