Apple Announces email Capabilities for Newton PDA Expanded: CompuServe to Provide Mail Client for Apple MessagePad

Cupertino, California/Columbus, Ohio -- April 24, 1996 -- Further expanding the email strengths of the Newton platform, CompuServe Incorporated and Apple Computer, Inc. today announced they have entered into an agreement to provide a CompuServe Mail Client for Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) based on Apple's Newton technology. The client software allows users of the MessagePad and its Newton operating system to connect to the CompuServe Mail network.

The CompuServe Mail Client for Newton 2.0 will link Newton users to CompuServe's global network, with more than 480 points of presence worldwide. The CompuServe mail gateway links users of the Internet, other commercial online services and private email networks, giving users reliable 24-hour connection to virtually anyone who has an email account. In addition, the mail client shares an electronic mailbox with CompuServe connections on all computers, including those running Microsoft Windows and Windows 95.

"With this tool, Newton PDA users can stay in touch, regardless of where they travel, in most cases with a local telephone call," said Mike Blackwell, CompuServe product manager. "It's convenient to use, because the CompuServe Mail Client works with Newton 2.0's built-in tools, such as the In Box and Out Box. When the user returns home, he or she can access the same mail using their desktop computer--whether it's Windows--or Mac OS-based."

"It's part of CompuServe's 'Stay in Charge' strategy to ensure our members can receive critical information anytime, anywhere, through any type of computer," Blackwell continued.

"The addition of a CompuServe Mail client widens the email offerings on the Newton platform, keeping with our strategy of an open environment to give customers a choice when considering their email options," said Barney Dewey, product line manager of communications products for Apple's Newton Systems Group. "Moreover, it also provides another option for customers to send and receive email through the Internet."

Customer service and support for the Mail Client will be maintained by CompuServe. For a limited time, former eWorld members can join the CompuServe Information Service and receive 10 free hours the first month.

The CompuServe Mail Client for Newton 2.0 will be available online, free of charge, to Newton PDA customers who are CompuServe members. It is expected to be available in May 1996. To join CompuServe, call 800-205-9412 or visit CompuServe on the Internet at

Apple's email strategy for the Newton platform is to support a wide variety of email, and to give customers a range of choices. Many of the choices are from third party developers and include online email clients for services such as CompuServe; LAN email, such as Lotus cc:Mail; CE QuickMail; First Class Mail; and Microsoft Mail through remote access mail clients. Other choices include wireless email from RadioMail and WyndMail, and Internet mail access through Qualcomm's Eudora.

CompuServe is an H&R Block (NYSE:HRB) company. Founded in 1955, H&R Block is a diversified services company and the world's leader in tax preparation and online information services. H&R Block Tax Services handled almost one in every seven returns with the Internal Revenue Service in 1995, serving 17.1 million taxpayers in more than 9,500 offices worldwide. CompuServe operates the most comprehensive online network in the world, providing services to more than 950 corporate accounts and more than 4.7 million users in more than 185 countries.

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