5 Bells to Offer Netscape Navigator

Times Staff and Wire Reports

Netscape Communications Corp. has won another round in its battle with personal computer software giant Microsoft Corp. over control of the Internet. Netscape will announce today an arrangement with five telephone service providers that have agreed to offer Navigator, Netscape's World Wide Web browser, to their customers. Although the five companies--Ameritech, Bell South, Pacific Bell, SBC Communications and Bell Atlantic--have not agreed to offer Netscape Navigator exclusively, customers will automatically receive the software unless they indicate another choice, such as Microsoft's Explorer. Additionally, Netscape will enable Internet users to sign up for service with any one of the five companies by going to the company's home page.

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