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Tish Spearman, MindSpring Enterprises, Inc.

MindSpring Introduces Internet Software 4.0, a One-Stop Solution to Navigating the Internet

With Mindspring 4.0, Accessing E-mail, Chat, Instant Messaging and Web Browsing are Just a Simple Click Away

ATLANTA (September 21, 1999) - On Sept. 23, leading national Internet service provider MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSPG) will begin CD-ROM distribution of MindSpring Internet Software 4.0, the most user-friendly software suite and package of client applications yet from MindSpring. MindSpring Internet Software 4.0's intuitive user interface and smart design make getting online and navigating the Internet a cinch. From the user interface, customers may launch to choice destinations - Web browsing, chat, e-mail, instant messaging and account maintenance - with just a simple click of a mouse.

A friendly audio guide talks customers through the installation process, step by step, to ensure a successful installation. And, MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 automatically updates itself, guaranteeing that customers always receive the latest features and functionality without a troublesome upgrade process.

"MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 is the best solution to making the Internet easier to use. With MindSpring 4.0, customers are just a simple click away from experiencing all that the Internet has to offer," said Charles Brewer, MindSpring's founder and chief executive officer. "More than ever, I am convinced that customers will be happier using MindSpring."

The MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 interface features an illustrative navigation bar that groups customers' favorite online activities into four screens - E-Mail, Chat, Web and Tweak - to curtail the confusion and unnecessary navigation required with most Internet software. By clicking on the E-Mail screen, customers can check how many e-mail messages they have waiting for them in each mailbox, launch their e-mail client, make changes to their e-mail settings and activate MindSpring's proprietary Spaminator service -- all with just a simple click on the E-Mail screen.

From the Chat screen, customers can activate the Instant Messaging application to send real-time messages to friends using Exite PAL. The Chat screen also includes newsgroups, chat, and Net Events, featuring live content from Talk City's OnNow service. On the Tweak screen, customers may access help, set up additional mailboxes and update their MindSpring account information. The Web screen offers access to Web searching, MindSpring's "Message of the Day," and "Tips of the Day," MindSpring's own daily dose of Internet tips to help new users learn more about Internet functions, as well as a link to the MindSpring Personal Start Page (

The MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 interface also features access to a customizable MindSpring Personal Start Page. MindSpring allows users to tailor their Personal Start Page to deliver content that is most suited to their needs and interests. Automated set-up prompts ask customers to select the stock quotes, news, local weather, sports scores, entertainment information, and horoscopes that they want delivered, real-time, to their desktops. Customers may link to their MindSpring Personal Start Page from any screen of the MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 suite by clicking on MindSpring's familiar Springhead logo.

"We designed MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 with our customers' needs in mind," said Erika Jolly, vice president of consumer products, MindSpring Enterprises. "MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 eliminates the guesswork of navigating the Internet. The MindSpring Internet Tips and Hot Links offer customers additional Internet resources, and the MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 navigation bar offers direct links to key Internet tasks. These features ensure that our customers will spend less time clicking through unnecessary screens, and more time using the Internet as a true conduit for accessing information."

Everything customers need to harness the power of the Internet is provided in the Y2K-compliant software suite, including Microsoft's Internet Explorer 5.0, Outlook Express e-mail and Usenet applications, CuteFTP, RealPlayer, SurfMonkey Browser Bar for kids, and more.

MindSpring Internet Software 4.0 is available for download from MindSpring's Web site: or customers may order start-disks by calling 1-888-MSPRING. MindSpring Internet software supports Microsoft Windows 3.1/95/98/NT, and Macintosh.

About MindSpring

MindSpring Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:MSPG) is a leading Internet service provider focused 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, and participate in informative online chats and access more than 20,000 newsgroups. MindSpring offers local Internet access in 890 locations throughout the U. S. The MindSpring Biz division of MindSpring Enterprises is a leading provider of Web Hosting services and domain registrations. For more information about MindSpring's services, please visit the Web site or call 1-888-MSPRING.
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