STAMPS.COM INTERNET POSTAGE(TM) AVAILABLE ACROSS NETSCAPE’S DOWNLOAD SERVICES
Popular Internet Browser Provides Instant Access to Stamps.com’s Internet
Postage Through Netscape’s Plug-Ins, Communicator Bookmarks, SmartUpdate
Download Services, Soon Through Netscape’s Next-Generation Browser
SANTA MONICA, Calif. – February 9, 2000 – Stamps.com (NASDAQ: STMP), the leader in Internet Postage(tm), today announced that its software-only Internet Postage service is now immediately accessible through Netscape Netcenter. Netscape is offering Stamps.com Internet Postage to its more than 20 million registered users through several Netscape services, and is enabling Stamps.com Internet Postage to be downloaded from its SmartDownload, Bookmarks and Premier Plug-ins services. Soon, Stamps.com software will also be pre-loaded on the installer of the next-generation Netscape Browser and offered as part of Netscape’s SmartUpdate area.
“In just the first few days of our distribution through Netscape, we have already seen tremendous response,” said Loren Smith, President and Chief Operating Officer of Stamps.com. “In addition, Netscape users can immediately begin printing postage after installing the software because our service does not require any additional hardware to purchase or install.”
“Today’s busy professional is always looking for the fastest way to accomplish tasks. Our goal with Stamps.com is to save Netscape users a trip to the post office by enabling them to print postage directly from the Web. Stamps.com’s best-of-breed technology makes it as easy and convenient as possible,” said Jim Martin, senior vice president and general manager of Netcenter.
The fastest-growing Internet Postage company with more than 100,000 customers to date, Stamps.com does not require the purchase of an additional hardware device, such as a meter, electronic vault or dongle. With just an online connection, computer and printer, Stamps.com customers are able to leverage the Internet to give them immediate access to purchase and print postage right from their desktop. Stamps.com has customer support analysts available 24 hours a day, seven days a week in order to provide exceptional customer service around the clock.
Details of Stamps.com’s integration into Netscape includes:
SmartDownload: Netscape’s SmartDownload will provide Stamps.com a key advertising opportunity to reach users while they download any file from the Internet. SmartDownload is an intelligent, fail-safe way to download any products from the Web. At any point during the download process, Netscape’s SmartDownload user can pause, stop, resume and/or recover the downloads of any large files from anywhere.
Browser Plug-Ins: Stamps.com is featured prominently throughout the Netscape Plug-Ins service, linking users directly to a co-branded Stamps.com page. The Netscape Plug-Ins service continues to enhance its users’ experience on the Web by enabling users to choose from a multitude of multimedia, video, audio, and browser enhancements.
Bookmarks: Stamps.com Internet Postage will be pre-loaded on the next-generation Netscape Browser. Pre-loading Internet Postage will provide Netscape’s vast audience instant access to this valuable service.
Installer for the next-generation Browser and SmartUpdate: Coming soon, Stamps.com will be easily accessible through the installer of the next-generation browser and Netscape’s SmartUpdate area. Smart Update enables the Netscape Netcenter audience to seamlessly download and upgrade the most valuable software products without the having to restart their computers or fuss with manual installs and manual updates.
In October, AOL and Stamps.com announced a broad distribution and marketing alliance, making Stamps.com the exclusive provider of Internet Postage on AOL, Netscape, and CompuServe branded CD-ROMs. AOL has also made a multi-million dollar investment in Stamps.com.
Founded in 1996, Santa Monica-based Stamps.com is the only commercially approved true Internet Postage service. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized hardware by giving customers the flexibility to print postage over the Internet – securely, accurately and fast. Through partnerships with major companies like America Online, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Office Depot, Quicken.com and 3M, Stamps.com has tremendous reach into the small office/home office and consumer markets. More
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“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, are detailed in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission made from time to time by Stamps.com, including its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1999 and its registration statement on Form S-4, as amended, that was filed with the SEC on February 2, 2000. Stamps.com undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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