Release Dates: Immediate
Contact: Ed Hansen

MindSpring Releases New Software Interface

ATLANTA (January 19, 1998) - MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. today announced
the release of its new user interface software, MindSpring version 3.0. The
software is available as a free download to MindSpring subscribers from the
company's Web site <>.

"From MindSpring's inception, we have created intuitive software to help
our members to get on the Internet," said Ed Douglas, MindSpring's director
of consumer product development. "In designing Version 3.0, we asked our
members how we could make their Internet experience simpler and more
enjoyable. I am pleased to say Version 3.0 delivers their wish list and
more. The MindSpring user interface is the simplest available, plus it
incorporates content from some of the Internet's leading sources."

MindSpring version 3.0 is a plug-in for Windows 95, which can be used with
either Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator. The interface,
which replaces MindSpring's previous 'front end' software, appears as an
HTML (hypertext markup language) document. The page allows the user to
connect to the MindSpring service, configure the account, launch
applications like e-mail, access MindSpring's home page, and select content
from several sources, including MSNBC, CNN, ZDNet, The Motley Fool, ESPN
SportsZone, and Mr. Showbiz. Using SoftCast™ technology from NetSurfer,
Inc., MindSpring subscribers using version 3.0 will be able to
automatically update their software.

MindSpring expects to release a Macintosh version of the software during
the second quarter.

About MindSpring
MindSpring is a leading Internet service provider focusing on delivering
outstanding service and support to its customers. By following its core
values and beliefs, MindSpring is committed to doing an exceptional job of
serving its customers, its employees, its owners and its community.
MindSpring's dial-up subscribers can browse the World Wide Web, send
electronic mail, participate in informative on-line chats and access over
24,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet service in more than
250 locations throughout the United States. MindSpring is also a leading
provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations.

In November 1997, MindSpring earned CNET: The Computer Network's "Buy It"
recommendation as the best value national ISP. Ranking ISPs in December
1997, PC World named MindSpring the ISP with the best Customer Support,
noting MindSpring "gives its users the moon." Upside Magazine said
MindSpring "understands the value of service, community and brand in the
cold world of the Net," in its February 1998 analysis of the top 150
technology companies in the United States. MindSpring won NetGuide's
People's Choice Award in the category of Best Internet Service Provider in
March 1997. To learn more about MindSpring and its services, visit the web
site at or call (800) 719-4332.

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