Netscape Search Ranked First

According to Leading Internet Search Report, Search Engine Watch, Netscape Search Delivers 100% Relevant Results in Rigorous Company Names Test

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Sept. 22, 1999) – Netscape Communications, a subsidiary of America Online Inc. (NYSE: AOL), today announced that its new Internet search service Netscape Search (, ranked first in a recent test conducted by a leading online search industry publication. Performed by "Search Engine Watch," the test examined the ability of Internet search services to deliver relevant results for searches on company names. The Netscape Search service powered by Netscape’s Open Directory combined with Netscape’s Smart Browsing service outperformed all other directory search offerings in delivering relevant results quickly and easily.

"Netscape Netcenter is the place on the Web where people can find the tools and services they need to get things done online. This award demonstrates Netscape’s ongoing commitment to delivering the market’s most powerful and innovative Web technologies," said Jim Martin, executive vice president of Netscape and general manager of Netcenter. "Netscape is making a tremendous effort to reinvent how people find what they’re looking for on the Web. And, in the crowded field of Internet search services, we’re pleased to announce that Netscape Search is the best the market has to offer."

Netscape Search is built on Netscape’s fast growing Open Directory Project and utilizes Netscape Smart Browsing service – allowing consumers to search the Web using simple words and phrases right from the browser location bar. With its innovative First Page Results system, Netscape Search is the first Internet search service to deliver accurate and relevant search results on the first page – quickly and conveniently. The service also features next-generation search technology from Google Inc. Google’s search engine, which features one of the largest and most comprehensive indexes available, uses complex mathematical algorithms to deliver extremely relevant and high-quality search results.

Founded in 1985, America Online, Inc., based in Dulles, Virginia,is the world’s leader in interactive services, Web brands, Internet technologies, and e-commerce services. America Online, Inc. operates:two worldwide Internet services, America Online, with more than 18 million members, and CompuServe, with approximately 2 million members; several leading Internet brands including ICQ, AOL Instant Messenger and DigitalCity, Inc.; the Netscape Netcenter and AOL.COM portals; the Netscape Navigator and Communicator browsers; and AOL Movie Fone, the nation’s largest movie listing guide and ticketing service. Through its strategic alliance with Sun Microsystems, the Company develops and offers easy-to-deploy,end-to-end e-commerce and enterprise solutions for companies operating in the Net Economy.


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